San Francisco District Attorney's Office

District Attorney of the
City and County of
San Francisco
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Chesa Boudin

since January 8, 2020
Type District attorney
Formation 1856
First holder Henry H. Byrne
Salary $260,813 (2014)
Website 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.

The current district attorney is Chesa Boudin.[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-seven people have held the title since Byrne, including Boudin.[2]

Former District Attorney Kamala Harris later became Attorney General of California in 2011, U.S. Senator in 2017, and was elected the first female Vice President of the United States in 2020.

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.[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 served as interim district attorney from October 19, 2019 until January 8, 2020, when winning candidate Boudin took office.[6][7][8]

Chesa Boudin (2020–present)

Chesa Boudin was sworn in as district attorney on January 8, 2020.[1]

List of San Francisco district attorneys

District attorney Tenure
Henry H. Byrne 1856
William K. Osborn 1857
Harvey S. Brown 1858–1861
Nathan Porter 1861–1868
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
Charles Fickert 1910–1919
Matthew Brady 1920–1943
Pat Brown 1943–1951
Thomas C. Lynch 1951–1964
John J. Ferdon 1964–1976
Joseph Freitas Jr. 1976–1980
Arlo Smith 1980–1996
Terence Hallinan 1996–2004
Kamala Harris 2004–2011
George Gascón 2011–2019
Suzy Loftus (interim) 2019–2020
Chesa Boudin 2020–present


  1. ^ a b Sernoffsky, Evan (10 January 2020). "New SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin fires several prosecutors". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "History of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office". City and County of San Francisco. Archived from the original on October 13, 2019. 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. ^ a b c 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. ^ "Suzy Loftus sworn in as interim district attorney". The San Francisco Examiner. October 19, 2019.
  8. ^ 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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