David Chiu becomes San Francisco's first Asian American city attorney

David Chiu was sworn in as the first Asian American city attorney of San Francisco on Monday.

The ceremony: Dozens of family, friends, colleagues and politicians gathered to support Chiu’s appointment as San Francisco’s city attorney.

  • A lion dance performance was held to welcome Chiu into his position.

  • He was sworn in by San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

  • “I am so humbled,” Chiu told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It is a really special moment for my family and I to have this opportunity to serve the city that I love.”

  • He said that it is “bittersweet” to be leaving his position as an assemblyman.


History of public service: Chiu, the son of Chinese immigrants, worked in public policy for over a decade.

  • He grew up in Boston, Mass., and received his undergraduate, master’s and law degrees from Harvard University.

  • Chiu was a civil rights attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights before entering public office.

  • In the past, he has served as a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit law clerk, U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee a Democratic counsel and a San Francisco District Attorney’s Office criminal prosecutor.

  • Since he was first elected in 2014, he has represented the 17th Assembly District, encompassing eastern San Francisco, in the California State Legislature.

  • For the last six years, Chiu served as chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

  • He also served as the chair of the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and policy chair of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus.


Chiu’s wife, Candace, is also a lawyer, and she manages a refugee foster care program. They have a 5-year-old son named Lucas.

Featured Image via KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco (left), San Francisco Chronicle (right)

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