Beth McCann was elected District Attorney of Denver in November 2016 and was sworn into office on January 10, 2017. She is the first female District Attorney in Denver’s history. Beth brings extensive prosecutorial, legal and managerial experience, proven leadership, and community perspective to the Denver DA’s office.
Immediately prior to becoming District Attorney, Beth was the four-term state representative for House District 8 in central and northeast Denver, succeeding Rosemary Marshall in 2008. McCann was a leader in criminal justice matters and health care reform throughout her legislative career. Among her legislative achievements, McCann passed legislation to provide due process to young people facing possible charges as adults by requiring a court hearing, to make a person’s fourth DUI or DWAI conviction a Class 4 felony, and to establish a new approach to provide law enforcement, children, and their families a way to address delinquent behavior without entering the juvenile justice system. She passed legislation to require universal background checks for gun purchases and to keep guns away from convicted domestic violence abusers and other dangerous individuals and a law to strictly limit the use of isolation cells for juveniles in jails or prisons.
McCann graduated magna cum laude from Wittenberg University in Ohio with a B.A. in American Studies, and earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law School. Beth and her husband Christopher have two children, Chris and Lizzy, both Denver East High and Amherst College (MA) graduates.