Manpreet Monica Singh, who is of Indian descent, has been sworn in as a Harris County judge, making history as the first female Sikh judge in the US.
Manpreet Singh was born and raised in Houston, where she currently resides in Bellaire with her husband and two children. She took the oath of office as a judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4 in Texas on Friday. 4. Early in the 1970s, Manpreet’s father immigrated to the United States.
Twenty years as a lower court lawyer, Singh has been active in a number of local, state, and federal civil rights groups. At the swearing-in event, she remarked, “It means a lot to me because I represent H-Town the most, and I’m extremely delighted.”
Around 20,000 of the estimated 500,000 Sikhs in the US reside in the Houston region. “It’s a happy day for the Sikh community, but it’s also a proud day for people of all hues who recognize the variety of the city of Houston in the diversity of the court,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
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