Today, City Attorney Ann Davison took the oath of office in a ceremonial swearing in with City Clerk Monica M. Simmons. Ann is the first female City Attorney and first mom to hold the highest legal office in Seattle City government. Her career in public service began more than 30 years ago when she worked as a caseworker in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the past three decades, Ann has been a champion for those without a voice or power.
Quote from City Attorney Ann Davison:
“Today is a big day for women and girls in Seattle. Today we have broken a glass ceiling by swearing in the first female Seattle City Attorney. Long before I dreamed of going to law school or running for office, I dreamed of serving those who had no advocate.
That is why I became a caseworker in the U.S. House of Representatives to serve people who the system had left behind. It’s why I worked in the UN Border Relief Operation survey of a Cambodian refugee camp. And it’s why I ran for office this year, to give Seattle residents who feel powerless and hopeless a voice in our local government.
Every case that comes to the City Attorney’s Office tells a story. A story of a business owner with no advocate, struggling to survive. A story of a son lost to gun violence. A story of the vulnerable preyed on by drug dealers. But this election showed that people are powerful and they are demanding that we enforce our laws.
My promise to Seattle is that I will be your most devoted advocate. I began my career advocating for those who needed someone on their side and I return to public service now carrying the stories I’ve heard along the way. I will listen to all perspectives, especially those who disagree with me. And together, we will make the Emerald City shine.”
Prior to becoming City Attorney, Ann worked in private practice. Since 2005, Ann has focused on areas including civil litigation, immigration, sports, contracts, business transactions, employment, and intellectual property. Ann graduated with a B.A. from Baylor and holds a JD from Willamette University College of Law.