LOS ANGELES – Today, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren threw her support behind George Gascón to be LA’s next District Attorney. Senator Warren’s endorsement comes days after Mayor Eric Garcetti walked back his endorsement of DA Jackie Lacey, and on the same day that Congressman Adam Schiff and Assemblymember Laura Friedman rescinded their endorsement of the incumbent. In announcing her support, Senator Warren said:
“George Gascón has been a national leader in criminal justice reform and a powerful advocate for rethinking our approach to public safety and ending mass incarceration. I’m proud to endorse him for Los Angeles County District Attorney.”
“Senator Warren has been a strong, courageous leader who fights for the people who need it most,” said former District Attorney and Assistant Chief of the LAPD, George Gascón. “I’m honored to have her on my team.”
George Gascón grew up in Los Angeles after his family immigrated from Cuba. An army veteran, Gascón served as a Los Angeles Police Department Officer for 30 years, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief of Operations. In 2006 he became Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona, where he stood up to the hateful and anti-immigrant policies of then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2009, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Gascón Chief of Police. Newsom turned to Gascón again in 2011 when he tapped him to be District Attorney to fill the seat vacated by an outgoing Kamala Harris who had been elected Attorney General. During his tenure Gascón implemented reforms that are being duplicated across the country while overseeing violent crime and homicides drop to rates not seen in 50 years. After being elected to two terms, Gascón returned to Los Angeles to care for his elderly mother and to be closer to his two daughters and grandchildren in Long Beach. Gascón is married to Fabiola Kramsky, a three-time Emmy Award winning journalist and recipient of the “Premio Nacional de Periodismo,” the highest recognition given to journalists in Mexico.