VIDEO: Who is acting San Francisco Mayor London Breed?

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Board of Supervisors President London Breed has been named San Francisco's acting mayor after the sudden death of Ed Lee on Tuesday.

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Breed is the first African-American woman to hold the position.

"I now must assume the responsibility and I ask for your patience and ask for your support and I ask for your prayers," she said at City Hall on Tuesday. "Our city's values have never been more important, and in the months ahead let's carry on in Mayor Lee's honor."

Generally associated with the board's "moderate" political faction and previously rumored to be weighing a run for mayor, Breed grew up in a public housing complex in San Francisco within the district that she now represents.

Breed has said her childhood experiences have helped inform her thinking on issues such as housing, where she has worked to include housing priced for moderate-income earners in city affordable housing requirements, and safe injecting rooms, which she has championed after seeing her own sister die of a drug overdose.

Watch the video above for more about her life and career.

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Bay City News contributed to this report.
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