Jackie Lacey

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Jackie Lacey
L.A. County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey.jpg
42nd Los Angeles District Attorney
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Steve Cooley
Personal details
Born (1957-02-27) February 27, 1957 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) David Lacey
Children 2
Residence Granada Hills, Los Angeles
Alma mater University of California, Irvine
USC Gould School of Law
Website Official website

Jackie Lacey (born February 27, 1957)[1][2] is an American politician who has served as the District Attorney of Los Angeles County since December 3, 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Lacey was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood.[3] Her father, Louis Phillips, was a City of Los Angeles Lot Cleaning employee, and her mother, Addie Phillips, was a garment factory worker.[4] Lacey attended Dorsey High School, graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in psychology in 1979, and graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1982.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Lacey joined the District Attorney's Office in 1986 as a deputy district attorney. Lacey prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases while serving as a deputy district attorney, including a successful prosecution of the first race-based hate crime murder in the United States.[5] Lacey continued to move up through the ranks, taking on management and executive roles in the office in 2000. In 2011, she was named Chief Deputy District Attorney – second-in-command to the District Attorney.[5]

Los Angeles County District Attorney[edit]

2012 election[edit]

In June 2011, Lacey announced her candidacy for District Attorney, hoping to succeed retiring incumbent Steve Cooley.[6] In the June 2012 election, in what was considered a major upset, Lacey and criminal prosecutor Alan Jackson defeated City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who was considered the favorite.[7] Lacey and Jackson advanced to a November 2012 runoff election, which Lacey won with 55% of the vote.[8]


Lacey was sworn in as District Attorney on December 3, 2012 by outgoing attorney Steve Cooley, in a ceremony attended by former district attorneys Gil Garcetti, Robert Philibosian, and John Van de Kamp.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Lacey lives in the Granada Hills neighborhood with her husband, David Lacey. They have two adult children, Kareem and April.[10]


  1. ^ "A First For LA County: Jackie Lacey Sworn In as DA". myfoxla.com. Fox Television Stations, Inc. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jackie Lacey takes office as county's first female, black D.A.". latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Villacorte, Christina; Abram, Susan. "Incoming DA Jackie Lacey says she'll work to make L.A. County neighborhoods safer". dailynews.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Full Biography for Jackie Lacey". smartvoter.org. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey". da.lacounty.gov. Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Stoltze, Frank. "Jackie Lacey announces her run for LA District Attorney". scpr.org. Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lacey, Jackson poised for D.A. runoff; Trutanich running third". latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "California election results". latimes.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Villacorte, Christina. "Jackie Lacey sworn in as L.A.'s first woman and African-American district attorney". dailynews.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Simmonds, Yusuf J.; Brooks, Brandon; Bihm, Jennifer. "JACKIE LACEY - District Attorney County of Los Angeles". lasentinel.net. The Los Angeles Sentinel. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Steve Cooley
Los Angeles County District Attorney
December 3, 2012–present