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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is adding to his workload.

Besides putting together a job creation plan for the state and serving on the boards of the state university systems, Newsom will serve as chairman of the committee trying to bring the 2022 Olympic Winter Games to California, the group announced today.

"We are very excited to have Newsom lead our efforts and we believe his addition will help successfully position California to win the games if the [United States Olympic Committee] chooses to solicit bids from US cities for a 2022 Winter Games," said Michael Faust, the California Winter Games Committee's president. "We believe his leadership will empower the committee to make good on today's investment in youth sports and will continue to do so into the distant future."

Faust, the vice president of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, launched the effort earlier this year to bring the games to the Lake Tahoe region. The idea has the backing of Sacramento's mayor and city council.

Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, is one of several honorary chairmen. A group of business coalition leaders, developers and politicians sit on the board.

The U.S. committee may start soliciting bids as early as next year, with the International Olympic Committee expected to make its final site decision in 2015 or 2016.

PHOTO CREDIT: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to guests after he was sworn in to office on the Senate chambers on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.


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