Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors meets in San Francisco City Hall.
Current United States Senator Dianne Feinstein served as supervisor from 1970 to 1978 and as president in 1978.
Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected public official in California, served as supervisor in 1978.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is the legislative body of San Francisco, California. The body consists of eleven members elected from single-member districts through ranked choice voting.

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[1] and to suspend members in limited circumstances;[2] the latter case has happened only once, when Mayor Gavin Newsom suspended Ed Jew due to allegations of lying about his residency and extortion.[3] 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.[4]

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Board presidents

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

Board members

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.[8]
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,[9] 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[10] which declined to hear the case.[11]
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.[12]
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[13] upon Jew's resignation and remained vacant for about five and a half hours until a new appointment was made.[13] 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.[13][14][15] Elected 2010. Ineligible to seek re-election in 2014.[11]
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 (*).

Trivia

  • 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.[16] Supervisor Jane Kim was a member of the Green Party, but switched her registration to Democratic before running for supervisor.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ Hartman, Chester W. and Carnochan, Sarah, "City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco" University of California Press (2002), p. 239, ISBN 0520086058
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/09/michela_alioto-pier_petition_s.php
  12. ^ Ed Jew tenders resignation from S.F. Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Chronicle.
  13. ^ a b c Interim supervisor becomes permanent replacement for Ed Jew, San Francisco Chronicle.
  14. ^ ARTICLE XIII: ELECTIONS
  15. ^ S.F. mayor's finance office aide named interim replacement for Ed Jew, San Francisco Chronicle.
  16. ^ http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/03/12/ross-mirkarimi-switches-party-affiliation-from-green-to-democrat/
  17. ^ http://www.sfbg.com/2010/03/11/green-partys-nadir

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