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  Britt, Harry G.
NameHarry G. Britt
San Francisco, California , United States
Born June 08, 1938
DiedJune 24, 2020 (82 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedE Pluribus Unum
Mar 16, 2023 08:39pm
Tags Caucasian - Democratic Socialists Of America - Gay -
InfoHarry Britt is a political activist and former Supervisor for San Francisco, California. He was first appointed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in January 1979 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein, succeeding Harvey Milk who was assassinated in City Hall along with Mayor George Moscone by former Supervisor Dan White.

Britt was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1980, 1984, and 1988. Britt served as President of the Board of Supervisors from 1989-90.

Britt introduced domestic partner legislation in 1982 which was passed by the Board of Supervisors, but vetoed by Mayor Feinstein. In 1989, under Britt's leadership, the board passed domestic partner legislation, which was signed by Mayor Art Agnos. However, voters repealed the domestic partnership law by initiative; a modified version was reinstated by another voter initiative, 1990's Proposition K, also written by Britt.

Britt chose not to run for reelection in 1992.

Britt ran unsuccessfully for the 5th Congressional District of California in 1987, narrowly losing to Nancy Pelosi in a special election to fill the seat left when Sala Burton died, with 36 percent of the vote to his 32 percent. He also was unsuccessful in his race against Mark Leno for the California Assembly in 2002.

Britt directed the Weekend BA Degree Completion Program at New College of California, which closed in January 2008 due to financial problems. He is a big fan of horse racing.



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