San Francisco District Attorney's Office
|District Attorney of the|
City and County of
|First holder||Henry H. Byrne|
|Website||San Francisco District Attorney's Office|
After the Consolidation Act of 1856 consolidated San Francisco as a city and a county, Henry H. Byrne was elected as the first District Attorney. Twenty-five individuals have held the title since Byrne, including Gascón.
On January 9, 2011, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed SFPD Chief George Gascón as District Attorney to succeed Kamala Harris, who had been elected California Attorney General in November 2010. Gascón was subsequently elected in his own right in November 2011. On October 2, 2018, Gascón announced that he would not seek re-election, citing his mother's health. On October 3, 2019, Gascón announced that he would resign as District Attorney on October 18 in order to explore a run for Los Angeles District Attorney.
2019 District Attorney election
After Gascón announced in 2018 that he would not seek re-election, San Francisco anticipated its first open race for District Attorney since 1909, with candidates Chesa Boudin, Leif Dautch, Suzy Loftus, and Nancy Tung entering the race.
After Gascón announced his resignation in October 2019 prior to the November 2019 election, Mayor London Breed appointed candidate Suzy Loftus as interim District Attorney, whom Breed had endorsed in the November 2019 election. Loftus will serve as interim District Attorney from October 19, 2019 through January 2020, when Boudin, who defeated her in the November 2019 election, will take over.
|Henry H. Byrne||1856|
|William K. Osborn||1857|
|Harvey S. Brown||1858–1860|
|Herry H. Byrne||1868–1871|
|Daniel J. Murphy||1872–1873|
|Thomas P. Ryan||1874–1875|
|Daniel J. Murphy||1876–1879|
|David L. Smoot||1880–1881|
|Leonidas E. Pratt||1882|
|Jeremiah D. Sullivan||1883–1884|
|John N. Wilson||1885–1886|
|Edward B. Stonehill||1887–1888|
|James D. Page||1889–1890|
|William S. Barnes||1891–1898|
|Daniel J. Murphy||1899–1900|
|Lewis Francis Byington||1900–1905|
|William H. Langdon||1906–1910|
|Thomas C. Lynch||1951–1964|
|John J. Ferdon||1964–1975|
|Joseph Freitas Jr.||1976–1979|
|Suzy Loftus (interim)||2019–present|
|Chesa Boudin (elect)||Beginning 2020|
- "History of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office". City and County of San Francisco. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
- Sernoffsky, Evan (2 October 2019). "SF District Attorney George Gascón decides not to seek re-election". sfchronicle.com. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
- Lagos, Marisa (3 October 2019). "San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon Resigns". KQED. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
- Redmond, Tim (3 October 2018). "Gascon will step down — but who will step up?". 48hills.org. San Francisco Progressive Media Center. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
- Wolffe, Kate; Green, Matthew (4 October 2019). "S.F. Mayor Breed Picks Suzy Loftus as Interim DA to Replace Gascón, One Month Before Election". kqed.org. KQED. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
- Sernoffsky, Evan (November 9, 2019). "Chesa Boudin, reformer public defender, wins election as San Francisco's new DA". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 10, 2019.