Biography

Click here to download a high-resolution photo.Supervisor Todd Spitzer is a former California State Assembly Member and Orange County Supervisor who has dedicated his career to public service.

Also a high school teacher, police officer and assistant district attorney, Spitzer knows the challenges facing everyday people. First elected to public office in 1992, Todd has a long record of advocating for public safety and led the successful campaign to pass Marsy's Law for All, the nation’s most comprehensive victims’ Bill of Rights.

Spitzer sought his current office, Supervisor for the Third District, in order to address jobs and economic development in Orange County, maintain public safety and improve accountability in government spending.

Spitzer will also focus on solving the county’s DUI Crisis. Orange County currently ranks second in DUI arrests statewide. Spitzer held a summit involving stakeholders including public health experts, law enforcement and groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – and will bring public policy recommendations before the county and city leaders.

Spitzer has been the recipient of numerous recognitions for his service. Crime Victims United of California named Assemblyman Spitzer "Legislator of the Year," as did the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault citing his extensive work with Megan's Law and his dedication to protecting victims of sexual assault. This year, Whittier Law School named Spitzer a top "Legal Leader."

With his wife, Judge Jamie Morris Spitzer, Presiding Judge, Workers Compensation Appeals Board, Anaheim, he has two children, Justin and Lauren, and a dog, Auggie.


TODD SPITZER, J.D., M.P.P.

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley M.P.P., Masters in Public Policy (1986-1989)

University of California, Hastings College of the Law J.D., Law (1985-1989)

Harvard Kennedy School of Government "Driving Government Performance" Public Policy Program (2013)

University of California, Los Angeles B.A., English (1978-1982)

EXPERIENCE

Orange County Board of Supervisors – Third District Supervisor January 2013-Present

Sworn into office as the Third District Orange County Supervisor on January 7, 2013 for a four year term

Statewide Co-Chairman – Proposition 69, DNA Fingerprint Initiative 2004

Orange County District Attorney's Office – Assistant District Attorney 2008-2010

Supervised line Deputy District Attorneys; advised the District Attorney as to his budget and relations with the County Board of Supervisors; conducted serious felony jury trials as lead Counsel

California State Assembly – Elected Assembly Member 2002-2008

Elected to three consecutive two-year terms representing the 71st Assembly District

Los Angeles Police Department – Level One Reserve Police Officer 1990-2000

Worked as a sworn volunteer reserve police officer; Primarily worked patrol duties and led the Hollenbeck DUI Enforcement Team; Trained police officers and detectives in the law and investigative skill building

Marsy's Law For All – Director, Legal Affairs September 2010-Present

Californa Statewide campaign manager for Propostion 9 (2008) Marsy’s Law; develop curriculum to teach law enforcement, victims' groups, and the community about victims' constitutional and enforceable rights in the criminal justice process

Spitzer Law Office – Victims' Rights Attorney/Marsy's Law Expert September 2002-Present

Advise business on strategic planning and legal issues; Of Counsel to Private Law Firms since 2002; statewide campaign manager for Prop. 9 (Marsy's Law, Victim Bill of Rights)

Orange County Board of Supervisors – Third District Supervisor 1997-2002

Elected as a relatively unknown candidate in a field of eight, against a well-financed and well-known State Assembly Member

Orange County District Attorney's Office – Deputy District Attorney 1990-1996

KFI AM 640 Radio – Producer of the Bill Handel "Handel on the Law" Show 1990

Los Angeles Unified School District – High School English Teacher 1984-1985

Taught high school English in order to give back to the community; taught core 10th grade English and also Advanced Placement English for 12th grade students; also taught ESL to adults in night school

California State Senate – Senate Fellow 1982-1983

Chosen as one of 12 Senate Fellows from a nationwide search to work in a one year Fellowship program in the California State Senate; wrote and researched laws, worked on legislation, and coordinated constituent services

PROJECTS/PUBLICATIONS

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Statewide Campaign Manager, Marsy's Law For All (California Victims' Bill of Rights) 2007 – 2011
  • Statewide Co-Chairman, Proposition 69, DNA Fingerprint Initiative
  • Orange County Chairman, Jessica’s Law, Anti-Child Predator Initiative
  • Orange County Chairman, No on Proposition 66, Anti-Three Strikes Initiative
  • Legislative Member, California Police Officers Memorial Foundation
  • Volunteer Baseball Coach, South Sunrise Little League
  • Crime Survivors, Inc., Volunteer/Speaker
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • California Bar Association

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Victims' Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award, Crime Survivors, Inc.
  • Victims' Advocacy Recognition, Parents of Murdered Children, Orange County
  • Outstanding Prosecutor Award, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Orange County
  • Outstanding Prosecutor Award, Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • Special Distinction Award, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorneys' Association
  • Outstanding Assembly Member & Lifetime Career Achievement Award, California State Sheriffs' Association