San Francisco District Attorney's Office

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is the legal agency charged with prosecuting crimes in the City and County of San Francisco, California.

District Attorney of the
City and County of
San Francisco
Suzy Loftus (interim)

since October 19, 2019
TypeDistrict attorney
First holderHenry H. Byrne
WebsiteSan Francisco District Attorney's Office

The current interim District Attorney is Suzy Loftus.[1]


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.[2] Twenty-five individuals have held the title since Byrne, including Gascón.[2]

George 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.[3] 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.[4]

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,[5] with candidates Chesa Boudin, Leif Dautch, Suzy Loftus, and Nancy Tung entering the race.[6]

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.[6] 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.[6][1][7]

List of San Francisco District Attorneys[2]

District attorney Tenure
Henry H. Byrne1856
William K. Osborn1857
Harvey S. Brown1858–1860
Nathan Porter1861–1867
Herry H. Byrne1868–1871
Daniel J. Murphy1872–1873
Thomas P. Ryan1874–1875
Daniel J. Murphy1876–1879
David L. Smoot1880–1881
Leonidas E. Pratt1882
Jeremiah D. Sullivan1883–1884
John N. Wilson1885–1886
Edward B. Stonehill1887–1888
James D. Page1889–1890
William S. Barnes1891–1898
Daniel J. Murphy1899–1900
Lewis Francis Byington1900–1905
William H. Langdon1906–1910
Charles Fickert1910–1919
Matthew Brady1920–1943
Pat Brown1944–1950
Thomas C. Lynch1951–1964
John J. Ferdon1964–1975
Joseph Freitas Jr.1976–1979
Arlo Smith1980–1995
Terence Hallinan1996–2003
Kamala Harris2004–2010
George Gascón2011–2019
Suzy Loftus (interim)2019–present
Chesa Boudin (elect)Beginning 2020


  2. "History of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office". City and County of San Francisco. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  3. Sernoffsky, Evan (2 October 2019). "SF District Attorney George Gascón decides not to seek re-election". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  4. Lagos, Marisa (3 October 2019). "San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon Resigns". KQED. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  5. Redmond, Tim (3 October 2018). "Gascon will step down — but who will step up?". San Francisco Progressive Media Center. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  6. 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. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  7. 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.
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