District Attorney Diana Becton

Leadership, Fairness, and Integrity for Safer Communities

Why I Am Running for District Attorney

 

The people of Contra Costa County deserve a District Attorney who is committed to keeping our communities safe, giving crime victims a voice, and leading the D.A.’s office with integrity. As your District Attorney, I am committed to administering justice in a manner that is fair and transparent.

 

I took on this role last September with overwhelming countywide community support when the Board of Supervisors appointed me to lead the office forward. Today, I am proud to serve as the first woman and the first African-American District Attorney in our county’s 167-year history.

 

Before becoming District Attorney, I served for 22 years as a Judge in Contra Costa County, where my colleagues elected me Presiding Judge to lead our county courts. I presided over criminal, juvenile, civil, and consumer cases. I am Past President of the National Association of Women Judges, the nation’s leading voice for women in the judiciary.

 

As your District Attorney, my top priority is keeping our community safe and secure. By holding those accountable who harm our residents and our community, focusing on disrupting the school to prison pipeline, creating safe alternatives for low-level non-violent offenders, and addressing the mental health needs of our community – we can make Contra Costa County safer for everyone.

 

When I was sworn in, I made a promise to do things differently. It’s a new day in Contra Costa, and I am just getting started. I would be honored to receive your vote.

 

District Attorney Diana Becton

District Attorney Diana Becton has spent most of her professional career as a judge, lawyer, and manager. On September 17, 2017, she was sworn in as the 25th District Attorney for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Becton leads a prosecutorial office of approximately 200 lawyers, investigators, and staff. She is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Contra Costa District Attorney since the office was established in 1850.

 

Before holding office, District Attorney Becton served for 22 years as a judge in Contra Costa County, where she was elected as Presiding Judge. She is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Women Judges, the nation’s leading voice for women in the judiciary. She currently serves as the Chair of the State Bar Council on Access and Fairness.  

 

A native of California she is a product of Oakland public schools and a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law. Most recently, District Attorney Becton earned a Masters of Theological Studies at Pacific School of Religion (2015).  

 

District Attorney Becton serves as a frequent lecturer and panelist, and she continues to participate in many community outreach activities. She convened “Clean Slate Day” helping individuals to clean up their criminal records. In 2015, the Judge served as Co-Chair of the “Know Your Rights” Youth Symposium for West Contra Costa County, as part of a national dialogue to educate youth in our communities, and to open the lines of communication between youth and law enforcement. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Law Academy at De Anza High School in Richmond, CA, and she convenes “Get Your House in Order”, a program that assists elders and seniors. She serves on the Board of Directors for Castlemont High School Alumni Association, and also frequently mentored students who visited her courtroom. District Attorney Becton has two adult sons.

 
 
  • Judge of the Year (2017), Black Women Lawyers of Southern California

  • National Bar Association - Judicial Council, Thurgood Marshall Award 2017 (Toronto, Canada)

  • League of Women Voters, Contra Costa County, “Social Justice Award”

  • CABL Bernard S. Jefferson, Judge of the Year (2016)

  • California Women Lawyers, “Rose Bird Memorial Award” (2012)

  • Honored for positive contributions to the City of Richmond (2016)

  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, “Trail Blazer” for Community Service (2014)

  • BWOPA Honoree 2013

  • American Business Women’s Association (2012) “Women of Distinction”

  • California Women Lawyers, (2011-2012) Woman of Distinction 

  • KGO Channel 7 “African American Salute (2012) 

  • “Judicial Excellence Award, California Association of Black Lawyers, Judicial Section (2011) 

  • “Judge of the Year” Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (2007)

  • “Award of Judicial Excellence, Charles Houston Bar Association” (2006)

  • Black Women Lawyers of Northern California (2011)

  • “Knight in Shining Armor,” Castlemont High School Hall of Fame

  • “Dumlao Martial Arts Image Award” (2011) for leadership and character within the martial arts studio.

Paid for by Diana Becton for District Attorney 2018, FPPC# 1400551.

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