Office History

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office was created by an act of the California State Legislature on Feb. 27, 1850. There have been 43 District Attorneys who have served the county, starting with William C. Ferrell. You may learn more about each District Attorney below.

Steve Cooley

2000 - 2012

Steve Cooley joined the District Attorney’s Office in 1973 as a law clerk. He became a deputy district attorney later that year.

Jackie Lacey

2012 - 2020

District Attorney Jackie Lacey spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager and executive in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

George Gascón


George Gascón is the 43rd District Attorney for Los Angeles County. His historic campaign was endorsed by the Democratic Party, the LA Times and the LA Daily News, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors, labor leader and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, and former Chief of the LAPD Charlie Beck. On Dec. 7, 2020, he was sworn in as the 43rd District Attorney of Los Angeles.