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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-seven people have held the title since Byrne, including Boudin.
George Gascón (2011–2019)
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 served as interim district attorney from October 19, 2019 until January 8, 2020, when winning candidate Boudin took office.
Chesa Boudin (2020–present)
List of San Francisco district attorneys
|Henry H. Byrne||1856|
|William K. Osborn||1857|
|Harvey S. Brown||1858–1861|
|Herry H. Byrne||1868–1872|
|Daniel J. Murphy||1872–1874|
|Thomas P. Ryan||1874–1876|
|Daniel J. Murphy||1876–1880|
|David L. Smoot||1880–1882|
|Leonidas E. Pratt||1882|
|Jeremiah D. Sullivan||1883–1885|
|John N. Wilson||1885–1887|
|Edward B. Stonehill||1887–1889|
|James D. Page||1889–1891|
|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||1964–1976|
|Joseph Freitas Jr.||1976–1980|
|Suzy Loftus (interim)||2019–2020|
- Sernoffsky, Evan (10 January 2020). "New SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin fires several prosecutors". sfchronicle.com. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
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- 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.
- "Suzy Loftus sworn in as interim district attorney". The San Francisco Examiner. October 19, 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.
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