Malia Cohen

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Malia Cohen
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 10
Assumed office
January 8, 2011
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Ed Lee
Preceded by Sophie Maxwell
Personal details
Born 1977 (age 39–40)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence San Francisco, California
Occupation Politician

Malia Cohen (born 1977) is an American politician currently serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 10, consisting of Bayview-Hunters Point, McLaren Park, part of the Portola, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley.[1]

Born in the Richmond District and a graduate of Lowell High School, she resides in the Potrero Hill neighborhood.[1]

In the 2010 election, she initially finished third out of a field of 22, but eventually won the election based on ranked choice voting.[2]

In October 2013, Cohen introduced legislation that expanded an existing San Francisco law making it illegal to sell firearms with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The gun-control legislation passed unanimously.[3]

In 2013, Cohen and Jane Kim authored the Fair Chance ordinance, a "ban the box" legislation barring employers and landlords from asking applicants to state their criminal history on applications, which passed the Board of Supervisors unanimously.[4]

In 2014, Cohen was re-elected for a second term to represent District 10 after being challenged by Marlene Tran and Tony Kelly.[5]

In 2015, Cohen publicly defended San Francisco's sanctuary city Laws, which drew the attention of Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly. After the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented immigrant, O'Reilly had been critical of San Francisco and its elected officials. O'Reilly said that Cohen should be placed under arrest for her comments defending San Francisco's Sanctuary City Policy.[6]

In 2016, Cohen introduced legislation in reaction to lobbying by sitting judges that could result in pension boosts for some of those judges, or other individuals who become judges after working for the city government. The San Francisco Examiner reported that according to analysis by the San Francisco Employees Retirement System, the proposal would impact four current judges, with an average expected lifetime benefit of $147,000 per judge affected.[7]

She married Warren Pulley in 2016, a workers' compensation attorney.[8]


  1. ^ a b Gordon, Rachel (December 28, 2010). "Malia Cohen among new San Francisco supervisors". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ "District 10 – Ranked-choice voting". San Francisco Department of Elections. November 24, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Ghaffary, Shirin (October 29, 2013) "S.F. supervisors pass tough limit on gun magazines." San Francisco Chronicle. (Retrieved 10-31-2013.)
  4. ^ Lagos, Marisa. "San Francisco supervisors pass 'ban the box' legislation". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cohen, other incumbents take commanding leads in S.F. supervisors race". SFGate. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Bill O'Reilly Slams San Francisco Official, Calls Her a Disgrace". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  7. ^ Sabatini, Joshua (February 15, 2016, page 4) ["Ex-city workers who become judges could see pension boost."] San Francisco Examiner.
  8. ^ "What really happened in Greg Suhr's meeting with Ed Lee". San Francisco Chronicle. 2016-05-23. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 

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