Biography

Elected in November 2016, Senator Scott Wiener represents District 11 in the State Senate, which includes San Francisco. Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and portions of South San Francisco. Senator Wiener serves on the Human Services Committee (Chair), Transportation and Housing Committee, Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, Appropriations Committee, and Public Safety Committee. 

Prior to his election to the State Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he was a champion for creating housing policy to make housing more affordable, improving the reliability and capacity of public transportation, ensuring neighborhood safety, fighting against the impacts of climate change and the drought, and safeguarding and expanding the rights of all communities, including the LGBT community.

During his time on the Board of Supervisors, Senator Wiener authored a number of first-in-the-nation laws, including mandating fully paid parental leave for all working parents, requiring water recycling and solar power in new developments, and banning public spending in states with LGBT hate laws. His focus on improving public transit included authoring and passing a ballot measure to tie public transportation funding to population growth, which resulted in an over $20 million annual increase in funding for San Francisco’s light-rail and bus system. His housing work has included passing legislation to streamline the production of affordable housing and allowing for the construction of new in-law units, which created a path for adding new rent-controlled units to San Francisco’s housing stock.

Senator Wiener has also represented San Francisco on a number of regional bodies including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. He served as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010, Wiener served as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, where he represented San Francisco in court (ranging from trial courts to the United States Supreme Court) and supervised a team of trial attorneys. Wiener served as Chairman of the San Francisco Democratic Party. A leader in San Francisco’s LGBT community, Wiener co-chaired the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, co-chaired BALIF (the Bay Area’s LGBT bar association), co-chaired the LGBT Community Center, and served on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign. 

Wiener received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.  He spent a year in Chile on a Fulbright Scholarship doing historical research.  Wiener has lived in the Castro neighborhood for nearly 20 years.