Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. was elected Richmond County District Attorney in November 2003, becoming the first Republican elected District Attorney in New York City in over fifty years. He was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2007 and 2011 with nearly 70% of the vote.
A native Staten Islander, Dan was educated in local schools and attended St. John's University where he earned a BA in Criminal Justice. He later attended the Fordham University School of Law as an evening student where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review and earned his JD, with honors, in 1988. True to his modest upbringing, Dan paid his own way through college and law school, working various jobs and learning the true value of hard work and determination.
Prior to being elected District Attorney, Dan served the people of New York for over two decades. Dan began his career as a prosecutor serving eight years under Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau where he prosecuted major narcotics cases throughout the city. After leaving Morgenthau's office, Dan began serving his native Staten Island in 1996 as Chief of Staff to then Borough President Guy V. Molinari. In January 2002, Dan was appointed Deputy Borough President, serving under Borough President James P. Molinaro.
Dan's record of service was recognized by his peers, he was elected President of the New York State District Attorney's association. Recently, Dan was appointed the New York State Director for the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), the world's oldest and largest professional organization representing criminal prosecutors. Additionally, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York awarded its "Diversity Champion Award" to Donovan for increasing Diversity in the DA's office and for raising the office's standards.