Thien Ho is the District Attorney Elect for the Sacramento County. He has been an attorney for 23 years. Since 2004, he has served as a prosecutor for the people of Sacramento County. During that time, he has successfully prosecuted sexual assault, gang, and homicide cases.
As a lead prosecutor, Mr. Ho successfully prosecuted the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, one of the nation’s most prolific and notorious serial killers who committed 13 murders and over 50 sexual assaults in 11 different jurisdictions throughout California. Michelle McNamara wrote about the case in her book, “I’ll be Gone in the Dark.” The case has also been featured on CNN, HBO, 20/20 and countless news outlets across the world.
In 2017, he was presented with both the Sacramento District Attorney’s and the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA) Prosecutor of the Year Award. He is the former Vice President of NAPIPA’s Northern California Chapter. In 2011, he received the Sacramento County Victim Services Award.
District Attorney Elect Ho currently serves in executive management at the D.A.’s Office and oversees the Justice and Community Relations Bureau. That bureau includes the Community Prosecution Unit, the Justice, Training and Integrity Unit, as well as community relations and media outreach. As the Assistant Chief in charge of community relations/prosecution, he works with many community-based organizations and all the Property Business Improvement Districts in Sacramento County.
Additionally, he has supervised the Gangs and Hate Crime Unit. He recently participated as a panelist for an Asian hate crime discussion sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). He continues to engage in outreach regarding hate crimes to vulnerable members of the AAPI community, including elders and immigrant communities.
For the last 15 years, he has been an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Ho has been instrumental in building a national award-winning trial advocacy program.
As a member of the Legislative Committee for the California District Attorneys Association, Mr. Ho has analyzed pending bills and advocated on legislative matters. He has drafted legislation to combat Employment Development Department (EDD) fraud. Mr. Ho has also testified before the California Assembly regarding pending bills.
District Attorney Elect will take office in January of 2023.