Meet and Hear Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas
In 1972, Tony joined the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) as a deputy district attorney. Over the next 15 years, he conducted over 40 homicide jury trials and over 100 felony jury trials including rape, robbery, arson, assault, burglary, fraud, narcotics, and child molestation.
In 1982, Tony took an unpaid leave of absence from the OCDA to lead a statewide campaign to remove three rogue California Supreme Court Justices in order to uphold the death penalty, enforce the law as written, and restore integrity to the state judiciary.
After briefly working in private practice, he was appointed in 1990 as a municipal court judge by Governor George Deukmejian. Three years later, Governor Pete Wilson appointed Tony to the superior court, and he was named Presiding Judge of its Appellate Department in 1996.
In June 1998, Tony ran for District Attorney and was overwhelmingly elected by the citizens of Orange County by 23 percentage points over his opponent, becoming the first person from outside the OCDA to be elected District Attorney in more than 40 years. Tony has since been re-elected four times, in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014, twice running unopposed.
Tony Rackaucka is running for Orange County District Attorney in 2018, against Assemblyman Todd Spitzer