Louise Renne is a lawyer, former Supervisor and one-time City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, California.

Louise Renne
City Attorney of San Francisco
In office
1986 – December 11, 2001
Preceded byGeorge Agnost
Succeeded byDennis Herrera
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
In office
December 4, 1978 – September 5, 1986
Preceded byDianne Feinstein
Succeeded byTom Hsieh
ConstituencyAt-large district (1981-1986)
2nd district (1978-1980)
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMichigan State University (B.A.)
Columbia University (J.D.)
WebsiteCity Attorney website

She was born to Anne Bartrem Hornbeck (1909 – 2001). She is a graduate of both Michigan State University and Columbia Law School (1961).[1]





She succeeded to Dianne Feinstein's post as supervisor upon Feinstein succeeding George Moscone as mayor in 1978.

City attorney


Renne served in the seat until 1986, when she resigned to accept Feinstein's appointment of her as City Attorney, succeeding George Agnost to become the first female City Attorney in San Francisco history. At one time in the early 2000s, she was the direct supervisor of Kamala Harris, the current Vice President of the United States.[2]

Renne began the investigation into corruption in the San Francisco Unified School District's facilities department after being asked by Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.[3]

She served in the position until 2001 and was succeeded by Dennis Herrera.

Private practice


Renne is a founding partner at the law firm Renne Public Law Group LLP.


  1. ^ "Louise H. Renne '61 Honored by Peers". August 2003.
  2. ^ "This DA Makes a Difference for Women | Articles | Giving women and minorities a greater voice around the world". 2010-12-19. Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  3. ^ Knight, Heather (July 6, 2004). "SAN FRANCISCO / Schools chief learns tough lessons on fraud / Ackerman's 4 years of fear, frustration pay off in settlement". SFGATE.