Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
From 1977 to 1979, and starting again in 2000, supervisors were elected from eleven single-member districts. Prior to 1977 and from 1980 to 1998, members were elected at-large, all running on one ballot, with the top vote-getters winning office. In 1980, elections shifted from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, and because of the shift from district to at-large elections, all seats were up for election, with some members winning four-year terms and some winning two-year terms. Similar cases of supervisors elected to truncated terms happened in 1977 and 2000, when elections shifted to district elections.
Several members were initially appointed by the mayor. San Francisco's city charter gives the mayor the power to fill any vacancies and to suspend members in limited circumstances; the latter case has happened only once, when Mayor Gavin Newsom suspended Ed Jew due to allegations of lying about his residency and extortion. A few members were elected to the board, but appointed to their seat by the mayor during the weeks between the election and the beginning of their term. This has generally been done when supervisors were elected to the state legislature, since the terms of state legislators begin earlier than those of supervisors. The most recent example occurred in 2008, when David Campos was elected to the District 9 seat held by Tom Ammiano. In the same election, Ammiano was elected to the California State Assembly and resigned his seat a month early to take his new office. Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Campos to the seat on December 4, 2008, a month before he would otherwise have taken office.
The President of the Board of Supervisors presides over all Board meetings and appoints members to Board committees, among other duties. Board presidents are elected by their colleagues at the beginning of every odd-numbered year, or when a vacancy arises in the office. From 1982 to 2000, the city charter specified that the president would be the highest vote-getter in the previous election, taking the power of electing the board president away from the supervisors themselves, except in the case of a vacancy in the post.
No list of supervisors in office prior to 1906 exists as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed all Board of Supervisors records.
15-member at-large (1932–1934)
Year Seat 1932 Samuel Breyer Arthur M. Brown, Jr. Victor Canepa Jesse Colman Andrew J. Gallagher Franck R. Havenner J. Emmet Hayden James McSheehy Carl W. Miles Jefferson Peyser James E. Power Warren Shannon Alfred Roncovieri E. Jack Spaulding William P. Stanton 1933 Year Seat
11-member at-large (1934–1977)
Year Seat 1934 Jesse Colman Franck R. Havenner Andrew J. Gallagher James McSheehy John Ratto Samuel Breyer Arthur M. Brown, Jr. Adolph Schmidt Adolph Uhl Alfred Roncovieri Warren Shannon 1935 J. Emmet Hayden 1936 Dewey Mead Fred W. Meyer 1937 George R. Reilly 1938 1939 John F. McGowan 1940 1941 1942 Gerald O'Gara Chester MacPhee Robert M. Green Daniel Gallagher 1943 James Gartland 1944 Edward Mancuso John J. Sullivan 1945 1946 Marvin E. Lewis P. J. McMurray George Christopher 1947 J. Joseph Sullivan 1948 Chris J. Christensen Don Fazackerley 1949 James Halley 1950 1951 1952 Byron Arnold John J. Ferdon Harold Dobbs Francis McCarty 1953 James Halley 1954 J. Eugene McAteer Matthew Carberry Clarissa McMahon 1955 William C. Blake Charles Ertola James Halley 1956 Joseph M. Casey James J. Sullivan Henry Rolph 1957 1958 Alfonso Zirpoli 1959 J. Joseph Sullivan 1960 1961 Jesse Colman Joseph E. Tinney Peter Tamaras 1962 Jack Morrison Roger Boas 1963 J. Max Moore 1964 Leo T. McCarthy George Moscone 1965 John Ertola Terry A. Francois 1966 Kevin O'Shea 1967 Dorothy von Beroldingen Joe Beeman 1968 Robert H. Mendelsohn James Mailliard Ron Pelosi 1969 Robert E. Gonzales 1970 Dianne Feinstein John Barbagelata 1971 Michael J. Driscoll 1972 John L. Molinari Quentin L. Kopp 1973 George Chinn 1974 Alfred Nelder 1975 1976 1977 Gordon Lau Jane Murphy Year Seat
11-seat district (1978–1980)
Year District 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1978 Gordon Lau Dianne Feinstein John L. Molinari Ella Hill Hutch Harvey Milk Carol Ruth Silver Robert E. Gonzales Dan White Lee S. Dolson Quentin L. Kopp Ron Pelosi 1979 Louise Renne Harry Britt Donald T. Horanzy 1980 Ed Lawson Doris M. Ward Nancy G. Walker John Bardis Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 District
11-seat at-large (1981–2000)
Year Seat 1981 Carol Ruth Silver Richard Hongisto John L. Molinari Louise Renne Harry Britt Ella Hill Hutch Doris M. Ward Wendy Nelder Lee S. Dolson Quentin L. Kopp Nancy G. Walker 1982 Willie B. Kennedy 1983 Bill J. Maher 1984 1985 1986 Tom Hsieh Jim Gonzalez 1987 1988 1989 Terence Hallinan Angela Alioto 1990 1991 Kevin Shelley Roberta Achtenberg Carole Migden 1992 Annemarie Conroy 1993 Sue Bierman Barbara Kaufman 1994 Susan Leal 1995 Mabel Teng Tom Ammiano 1996 Leslie Katz 1997 Michael Yaki Gavin Newsom José Medina Leland Yee Amos Brown 1998 1999 Mark Leno 2000 Alicia Becerril Year Seat
11-seat district (2001–present)
Year District 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2001 Jake McGoldrick Gavin Newsom Aaron Peskin Leland Yee Matt Gonzalez Chris Daly Tony Hall Mark Leno Tom Ammiano Sophie Maxwell Gerardo Sandoval 2002 2003 Fiona Ma Bevan Dufty 2004 Michela Alioto-Pier 2005 Ross Mirkarimi Sean Elsbernd 2006 2007 Ed Jew 2008 Carmen Chu 2009 Eric Mar David Chiu David Campos John Avalos 2010 2011 Mark Farrell Jane Kim Scott Wiener Malia Cohen Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 District
Board members and transitions since 1980
Name Dates Comments Terry A. Francois 1964–1978 Appointed 1964 by Mayor John F. Shelley to succeed Supervisor John J. Ferdon. Elected 1967, 1971, and 1975. Robert H. Mendelsohn 1968–1977 Elected 1967, 1971, and 1975. Resigned 1977 to accept appointment by President Jimmy Carter as Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Ronald Pelosi 1968–1980 Elected 1967, 1971, 1975, and 1977. Defeated for re-election 1979. Robert E. Gonzales 1969–1980 Appointed 1969 by Mayor Joseph Alioto to succeed Supervisor Leo T. McCarthy. Elected 1971, 1975, and 1977. Dianne Feinstein* 1970–1978 Elected 1969, 1973, and 1977. Served as acting mayor upon the assassination of Mayor George Moscone in 1978. Elected mayor by the Board of Supervisors one week later. Quentin L. Kopp* 1972–1986 Elected 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980, and 1984. Resigned 1986 after election to the California State Senate. John L. Molinari* 1972–1989 Elected 1971, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, and 1984. Did not seek re-election in 1988. Gordon J. Lau 1977–1980 Appointed 1977 by Mayor George Moscone to succeed Supervisor Robert H. Mendelsohn. Elected 1977. Jane McKaskle Murphy 1977–1978 Appointed 1977 by Mayor George Moscone to succeed Supervisor Dorothy von Beroldingen. Lee S. Dolson 1978–1980, 1981–1983 Elected 1977. Defeated for re-election 1979. Elected 1980. Defeated for re-election 1982. Ella Hill Hutch 1978–1981 Elected 1977 and 1980. Died in office in 1981. Harvey Milk 1978-1978 Elected 1977. Assassinated 1978. Carol Ruth Silver 1978–1988 Elected 1977, 1980, and 1984. Defeated for re-election 1988. Dan White 1978-1978 Elected 1977. Resigned 1978. Assassinated Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Donald T. Horanzy 1978–1981 Appointed 1978 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein to succeed Supervisor Dan White. Louise Renne 1978–1986 Appointed 1978 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein to succeed Feinstein on the Board of Supervisors. Elected 1980 and 1984. Resigned 1986 to accept appointment by Feinstein as city attorney. Harry Britt* 1979–1993 Appointed 1979 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein to succeed assassinated Supervisor Harvey Milk. Elected 1980, 1984, and 1988. Did not seek re-election in 1992. John Bardis 1980–1981 Elected 1979. Defeated for re-election 1980. Ed Lawson 1980–1981 Elected 1979. Nancy G. Walker* 1980–1991 Elected 1979, 1980, 1982, and 1986. Did not seek re-election in 1990. Doris M. Ward* 1980–1992 Elected 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, and 1990. Resigned 1992 to accept appointment by Mayor Frank Jordan as assessor. Richard D. Hongisto 1981–1991 Elected 1980, 1982, and 1986. Did not seek re-election in 1990, running successfully for assessor. Wendy Nelder* 1981–1991 Elected 1980, 1982, and 1986. Did not seek re-election in 1990, running unsuccessfully for assessor. Willie B. Kennedy 1981–1996 Appointed 1981 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein to succeed Supervisor Ella Hill Hutch. Elected 1984, 1988, and 1992. Resigned 1996 to become administrative officer of the Public Transition Development Corporation. Bill Maher 1983–1995 Elected 1982, 1986, and 1990. Ineligible to seek re-election in 1994. Tom Hsieh 1986–1997 Appointed 1986 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein to succeed Supervisor Louise Renne. Elected 1988 and 1992. Ineligible to run for re-election in 1996. Jim Gonzalez 1986–1993 Appointed 1986 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein to succeed Supervisor Quentin L. Kopp. Elected 1988. Defeated for re-election 1992. Angela Alioto* 1989–1997 Elected 1988 and 1992. Ineligible to seek re-election in 1996. Terence Hallinan 1989–1996 Elected 1988 and 1992. Resigned 1996 after election as district attorney. Carole Migden 1991–1996 Elected 1990 and 1994. Resigned 1996 after election to the California State Assembly. Roberta Achtenberg 1991–1993 Elected 1990. Resigned 1993 to accept appointment by President Bill Clinton as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Kevin Shelley* 1991–1996 Elected 1990 and 1994. Resigned 1996 after election to the California State Assembly. Annemarie Conroy 1992–1995 Appointed 1992 by Mayor Frank Jordan to succeed Supervisor Doris M. Ward. Defeated for first election in 1994. Sue Bierman 1993–2001 Elected 1992 and 1996. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2000. Barbara Kaufman* 1993–2001 Elected 1992 and 1996. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2000. Susan Leal 1993–1998 Appointed 1993 by Mayor Frank Jordan to succeed Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg. Elected 1994. Resigned 1998 after election as city treasurer. Tom Ammiano* 1995–2008 Elected 1994, 1998, 2000, and 2004. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2008. Resigned 2008 after election to the California State Assembly. Mabel Teng 1995–2001 Elected 1994 and 1998. Defeated for re-election 2000. Michael Yaki 1996–2001 Appointed 1996 by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed Supervisor Terence Hallinan. Elected 1996. Defeated for re-election 2000. Amos Brown 1996–2001 Appointed 1996 by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed Supervisor Carole Migden. Elected 1998. Defeated for re-election 2000. Leslie R. Katz 1996–2001 Appointed 1996 by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed Supervisor Willie B. Kennedy. Elected 1996. Did not seek re-election in 2000. Leland Yee 1997–2002 Elected 1996 and 2000. Resigned 2002 after election to the California State Assembly. José Medina 1997–1999 Elected 1996. Resigned 1999 to accept appointment by Governor Gray Davis as Director of the California Department of Transportation. Gavin Newsom 1997–2004 Appointed 1997 by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed Supervisor Kevin Shelley. Elected 1998, 2000, and 2002. Resigned 2004 after election as mayor. Mark Leno 1998–2002 Appointed 1998 by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed Supervisor Susan Leal. Elected 1998 and 2000. Resigned 2002 after election to the California State Assembly. Alicia Becerril 1999–2001 Appointed 1999 by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed Supervisor José Medina. Defeated for first election in 2000. Matt Gonzalez* 2001–2005 Elected 2000. Did not seek re-election in 2004. Tony Hall 2001–2004 Elected 2000. Resigned 2004 to accept appointment as executive director of the Treasure Island Development Authority. Sophie Maxwell 2001–2011 Elected 2000, 2002, and 2006. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2010. Jake McGoldrick 2001–2009 Elected 2000 and 2004. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2008. Aaron Peskin* 2001–2009 Elected 2000 and 2004. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2008. Chris Daly 2001–2011 Elected 2000, 2002, and 2006. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2010. Gerardo Sandoval 2001–2009 Elected 2000 and 2004. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2008. Bevan Dufty 2002–2011 Elected 2002 and 2006. Appointed post-election 2002 by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed Supervisor Mark Leno. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2010. Fiona Ma 2002–2006 Elected 2002. Appointed post-election 2002 by Mayor Willie Brown to succeed Supervisor Leland Yee. Did not seek re-election in 2006, running successfully for the California State Assembly. Resigned 2006 after election to the Assembly. Michela Alioto-Pier 2004–2011 Appointed 2004 by Mayor Gavin Newsom to succeed Newsom on the Board of Supervisors. Elected 2004 and 2006. Ruled ineligible by the San Francisco Department of Elections, citing an opinion by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, to seek re-election in 2010. Alioto-Pier filed lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court asserting that, under the term limits law, she was eligible to seek re-election in 2010, and if re-elected, would be termed out as of the 2014 election instead. A Superior Court judge ruled in her favor, but the California Court of Appeal overturned that ruling, thereby removing her from the 2010 ballot for District 2 supervisor. Alioto-Pier appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court of California which declined to hear the case. Sean Elsbernd 2004–present Appointed 2004 by Mayor Gavin Newsom to succeed Supervisor Tony Hall. Elected 2004 and 2008. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2012. Ross Mirkarimi 2005–present Elected 2004 and 2008. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2012. Ed Jew 2006–2007 Elected 2006. Appointed post-election 2006 by Mayor Gavin Newsom to succeed Supervisor Fiona Ma. Suspended by Mayor Newsom on September 25 2007, pending the outcome of a formal process to remove him from the board. A separate civil suit was initiated by the city to remove him as well. Resigned on January 11, 2008, prior to the completion of the removal process and the civil lawsuit, and agreed not to seek public office for five years. Carmen Chu 2007–2008, 2008–present Appointed 2007 by Mayor Gavin Newsom to succeed Supervisor Ed Jew, after his suspension, pending final action by the Board of Supervisors on the question of whether to remove Jew from office. Jew resigned from office 2008, prior to the completion of the removal process, ending Chu's interim term. Under the charter, the seat became vacant upon Jew's resignation and remained vacant for about five and a half hours until a new appointment was made. Appointed 2008 by Mayor Newsom to succeed Supervisor Ed Jew, after his resignation. Elected 2008 to serve out the remainder of Jew's term, which expires January 2011. Elected 2010. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2014. David Campos 2008–present Elected 2008. Appointed post-election 2008 by Mayor Gavin Newsom to succeed Supervisor Tom Ammiano. Eric Mar 2009–present Elected 2008. John Avalos 2009–present Elected 2008. David Chiu* 2009–present Elected 2008. Mark Farrell 2011–present Elected 2010. Malia Cohen 2011–present Elected 2010. Scott Wiener 2011–present Elected 2010. Jane Kim 2011–present Elected 2010.
Members who served as president of the Board of Supervisors during part of their tenure on the board are denoted with an asterisk (*).
- Former Supervisor Ronald Pelosi is the brother-in-law of U.S. House Minority Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
- Former Supervisors Jim Gonzalez and Matt Gonzalez are not related.
- Former Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier is the niece of former Supervisor Angela Alioto and the granddaughter of former Mayor Joseph Alioto and former Supervisor Michael Driscoll.
- Supervisors are elected on non-partisan ballots, but all current members of the Board of Supervisors are registered Democrats. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was a member of the Green Party when elected in 2004 and 2008, but switched his registration to the Democratic Party in 2010. Supervisor Jane Kim was a member of the Green Party, but switched her registration to Democratic before running for supervisor.
- ^ "Section 3.100. Powers and Responsibilities.". 1996 Charter of the City and County of San Francisco. Municipal Code Corporation. http://library2.municode.com:80/4201/home.htm?view=home&doc_action=setdoc&doc_keytype=tocid&doc_key=f47b0670ae0d4c45f9f0e25bb8fb6bca. Retrieved July 29, 2009.
- ^ "Section 15.105. Suspension and Removal.". 1996 Charter of the City and County of San Francisco. Municipal Code Corporation. http://library2.municode.com:80/4201/home.htm?view=home&doc_action=setdoc&doc_keytype=tocid&doc_key=aed85b9cefb5f7ba3891bc40ad193ba4. Retrieved July 29, 2009.
- ^ Vega, Cecilia M. (September 26, 2007). "Mayor suspends Ed Jew from board, opening doors to political fight". San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco: Hearst Communications, Inc.): p. A-1. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/25/MN0FSDULR.DTL. Retrieved July 29, 2009.
- ^ Lagos, Marisa (December 5, 2008). "Crowd cheers swearing in of Supervisor Campos". San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco: Hearst Communications, Inc.): p. B-1. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/05/BAH014ICD5.DTL&type=newsbayarea. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
- ^ "Section 2.116. President of the Board of Supervisors.". 1996 Charter of the City and County of San Francisco. Municipal Code Corporation. http://library2.municode.com:80/4201/home.htm?view=home&doc_action=setdoc&doc_keytype=tocid&doc_key=591a1e3e8829309f551ac9e1da49b67b. Retrieved July 29, 2009.
- ^ "Proposition L" (PDF). San Francisco Voter Information Pamphlet: Primary Election, June 8, 1982. San Francisco: San Francisco Registrar of Voters Office. pp. 50–52. http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/pdffiles/June8_1982short.pdf. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- ^ "Proposition G" (PDF). San Francisco Voter Information Pamphlet: Consolidated Presidential General Election, November 5, 1996. San Francisco: San Francisco Department of Elections. pp. 153–164. http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/pdffiles/November5_1996short.pdf. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- ^ Hartman, Chester W. and Carnochan, Sarah, "City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco" University of California Press (2002), p. 239, ISBN 0520086058
- ^ Gordon, Rachel (July 28, 2010). "Herrera will appeal Alioto-Pier decision". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cityinsider/detail?entry_id=68850.
- ^ Gordon, Rachel (August 25, 2010). "Appeals court rules against Alioto-Pier". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/24/BANS1F2PE6.DTL.
- ^ a b http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/09/michela_alioto-pier_petition_s.php
- ^ Ed Jew tenders resignation from S.F. Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Chronicle.
- ^ a b c Interim supervisor becomes permanent replacement for Ed Jew, San Francisco Chronicle.
- ^ ARTICLE XIII: ELECTIONS
- ^ S.F. mayor's finance office aide named interim replacement for Ed Jew, San Francisco Chronicle.
- ^ http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/03/12/ross-mirkarimi-switches-party-affiliation-from-green-to-democrat/
- ^ http://www.sfbg.com/2010/03/11/green-partys-nadir
Current members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors President: David Chiu See also: San Francisco City Hall • Government of San Francisco
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