|Campos in April 2010|
|Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 9
December 4, 2008
|Appointed by||Gavin Newsom|
|Preceded by||Tom Ammiano|
September 28, 1970 |
Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Website||Supervisor David Campos|
David Campos (born September 28, 1970), is a Guatemalan-American attorney and member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 9. The district consists of Bernal Heights, part of Portola and the Inner Mission and it elected him on November 4, 2008 in the 2008 San Francisco elections.
Early life and career
Campos was born in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. Escaping from the Guatemalan Civil War, he immigrated with his parents and two sisters to the United States illegally. Although he did not know English, Campos graduated at the top of his class at Jefferson High School in South Central Los Angeles. Applying as an international student, Campos received scholarships to Stanford University, applied for legal status through a job, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1993. In 1996, Campos graduated from Harvard Law School and became a permanent resident of the United States while attending. Campos worked as a lawyer in private practice and then a Deputy City Attorney for San Francisco. As Deputy City Attorney, Campos was lead counsel in the school desegregation consent decree of the San Francisco Unified School District, sued the gun industry, and represented the city against PG&E and other energy companies.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Campos took office one month before the other freshman supervisors elected in November 2008: his predecessor, Tom Ammiano resigned from the Board of Supervisors in early December on the day he took his seat in the California State Assembly and mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Campos to the vacant supervisorial seat on December 4, 2008. Campos, like Ammiano, is openly gay.
As Supervisor, Campos introduced legislation in August 2009 that would bar local authorities from notifying the federal government about illegal immigrant juveniles who were arrested until said juveniles were convicted of their charged crimes. Last year, following the arrest of illegal immigrant Edwin Ramos for a triple murder, Mayor Newsom amended the sanctuary city policy of San Francisco to allow the city to refer juvenile illegal immigrant convicted of felonies to federal authorities for deportation. San Francisco had also been referring such youth arrested but not yet tried in court to federal authorities. In an editorial for the San Francisco Chronicle, Campos stated that his proposal "strikes a balance between the former city policy that failed to report people who should have been reported, and the current one, which in essence violates the right of these young people to a hearing on the accusations against them and can ultimately tear them from the protection of their families" and that he believed "every person has the right to a hearing before being punished and is innocent until proven guilty."
State Assembly campaign
On August 1, 2013, accompanied by his partner of 17 years, Phil Hwang, Campos filed papers at San Francisco City Hall to run for the California State Assembly seat of Tom Ammiano who is being termed out.
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- Van Derbeken, Jaxon (July 3, 2008). "S.F. mayor shifts policy on illegal offenders". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
- Campos, David (August 24, 2009). "Proposed sanctuary policy preserves rights". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
- BAR newspaper (August 1, 2013)
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