Edwin M. Lee

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Edwin M. Lee
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Mayor of San Francisco
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$246,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
AppointedJanuary 11, 2011
Appointed bySan Francisco Board of Supervisors
Term limits8 years (2 terms)
Bachelor'sBowdoin College
J.D.University of California, Berkeley
Date of birthMay 5, 1952
Place of birthSeattle, Washington
Office website
Edwin Mah Lee (b. May 5, 1952) is the current Mayor of San Francisco, California. He was first appointed by the Board of Supervisors on January 11, 2011, to serve out the remainder of former mayor Gavin Newsom's term, after Newsom resigned to take office as Lieutenant Governor of California. He was elected to serve a full term on November 8, 2011. Lee is the first Asian-American Mayor in San Francisco history.[1]


Lee was born in Seattle, Washington. He holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His professional experience includes working as the Managing Attorney for the San Francisco Asian Law Caucus and holding several positions within the city government of San Francisco, including City Administrator, Director of the Department of Public Works, Director of the City Purchasing Department, Director of the Human Rights Commission, Whistleblower Ordinance Investigator and Deputy Director of Employment Relations.[1]



The city of San Francisco, California, will hold elections for Mayor and Board of Supervisors on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 9, 2015.[2] One of the city's eleven supervisor seats - District 3 - is up for election.[3]


Lee was elected on November 8, 2011. At the time of the 2011 municipal elections, he was still the interim Mayor of San Francisco.[4]

Mayor of San Francisco, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEdwin Lee Incumbent 30.7% 59,663
Jeff Adachi 6.4% 12,515
John Avalos 19.3% 37,395
Dennis Herrera 11.3% 21,882
David Chiu 9.2% 17,893
Leland Yee 7.5% 14,566
Bevan Dufty 4.7% 9,193
Tony Hall 3.6% 6,914
Michela Alioto-Pier 3.4% 6,620
Joanna Rees 1.6% 3,096
Terry Baum 0.9% 1,662
Phil Ting 0.5% 1,013
Cesar Ascarrunz 0.3% 532
Wilma Pang 0.2% 440
Emil Lawrence 0.2% 377
Paul Currier 0.1% 247
Write-in 0.1% 201
Total Votes 194,209
Source: San Francisco Elections - 2011 Election Results

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