Dennis Herrera is City Attorney of San Francisco, best known for his court action in favor of gay marriage, including against Proposition 8. He was re-elected as City Attorney in 2009 with 96 percent of the vote. In August of 2010 he announced that he will run for Mayor of San Francisco in the November 2011 election.
Born November 6, 1962 in Bay Shore, New York, Herrera grew up in the nearby Long Island community of Glen Cove. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, and went on to earn his JD from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1989 and served as a Deputy City Attorney.
In 1993, Herrera was appointed Chief of Staff for the US Maritime Administration in Washington, DC. After helping run an office with 1,100 employees, he went back into private practice in San Francisco as a partner in the maritime law firm of Kelly, Gill, Sherburne & Herrera. He was appointed to the SF Transportation Commission by-then Mayor Willie Brown and eventually became a Police Commissioner. He was voted the President of the Commission after just one year.