D — State Senator, 11th District
State Senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat, represents the 11th District, which includes all of the City and County of San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and part of South San Francisco. Scott was elected in 2016 with Govern for California’s support. He expects to run for reelection in 2020.
After growing up in New Jersey, Scott attended Duke, received his law degree from Harvard, and clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court. He spent a year in Chile on a Fulbright Scholarship doing historical research. In 1997, Scott moved to San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood to work as a litigation attorney. In 2002, he became a deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, where he represented San Francisco in trial courts and up to the United States Supreme Court and supervised a team of trial attorneys. Later, he was selected as chair or co-chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Bay Area’s LGBT bar association and LGBT Community Center. He also served on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign.
He was elected in 2010 to represent District 8 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and reelected in 2014 by a large margin. On the Board of Supervisors Scott was focused on improving the city’s quality of life and stood up to sustained opposition as necessary. On housing, he sped up the approval of projects that include affordable housing, allowed new in-law units, allowed smaller studios, and increased the supply of student housing. Transit is also a major priority for Wiener. He frequently rides Muni and BART. Some of his improvements have included allowing more ridesharing, modernizing Muni’s fleet, creating a subway master plan, and adding bike and car sharing. Scott also served as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and represented San Francisco on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Scott is concerned about the rising crime level in San Francisco. He worked with the City Controller to determine necessary police staffing levels across the city and craft a police staffing policy to achieve that goal.
Scott serves on the Appropriations, Energy, Utilities, and Communications, Public Safety, and Transportation and Housing Committees in the State Senate. He is Chair of the Human Services Committee. In his first term in the legislature, he has been a fierce advocate for resolving California’s housing shortage. His bill SB35 will make it easier to build additional housing in cities that are not meeting their regional housing goals. He was also involved in negotiating a larger package of housing bills that also includes funds for new affordable housing. Scott also passed a bill that protects LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities from discrimination. Along with other GFC State Senators, Scott blocked passage of a ban on county contracting, a bill that would have cost billions and cut services to vulnerable populations.