Manpreet Monica Singh is an American-Indian politician, social rights activist, and lawyer who became the first female Sikh judge in the United States of America on 6 January 2023. The Times of India
Manpreet Monica Singh was born on 6 July in Houston, Texas, United States of America (USA). Her zodiac sign is Cancer. After completing her schooling at Klein Forest High School in Texas, she enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin. She later joined the South Texas College of Law. Manpreet graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2013. In 2014, she completed a leadership programme at the Harvard Business School. Manpreet Singh’s official website In 2016, she joined the ABA Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, where she pursued a leadership course till 2017.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Manpreet Monica Singh belongs to a Punjabi Sikh family that migrated to the US in the early 1970s.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Attarjit Singh, is an architect and businessman. Her mother’s name is Hardeep Singh. Her younger brother’s name is Guru Singh.
Husband & Children
Her husband’s name is Mandeep. They got married to each other in 2003. The couple has two sons.
After completing her formal education, Manpreet began working as an attorney in the US. In 2001, she became a certified mediator.
In 2002, she was certified by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In the same year, she became a Certified Court Ad Litem. In 2011, she started working as a certified advocate and a member of the board of directors with The Sikh Coalition, a Sikh-American advocacy group. Apart from practising law, she has also taken several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes for the American Board of Trial Advocates, the University of Texas Law School, the State Bar of Texas, and the Harris County Judiciary. Manpreet has served on the American Board of Trial Advocates as a chapter representative and has worked with the Texas Grievance Committee, the South Asian Chamber of Commerce, the South Asian Bar Association as well as at the American Board of Advocates as a Houston Chapter Representative. Manpreet contested and won the general election for Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4 as a Democratic Party candidate. The elections were held in November 2022. After applying for her candidature, she, in an interview, said,
I am excited and proud to announce my candidacy for Judge of the Harris County Civil County Court at Law No. 4. As a native Houstonian, it is my hope to represent my community that prizes diversity and servant leadership. It is an honour to be able to represent our community. I hope I have the blessing of all Sikhs around the world.”
She was sworn in as the judge of Harris County Civil Court on 6 January 2023. While giving an interview after winning the elections, Manpreet said,
Houston is a very different city. I will bring the perspective of being a first generation immigrant and a woman. I practice law so that part becomes fluid. It means a lot to me because I represent H-town (a nickname of Houston) the most, so for it to be us, I’m happy for it.”
- In 2017, Manpreet won the South Asian Bar Association Distinguished Member Award.
- In 2018, Manpreet Monica Singh received the Texas Diversity Champion Award from the State Bar of Texas.
- Manpreet won the Passion of Excellence Award.
- Manpreet Singh has also served as a member of several US-based civil rights groups.
- She has also worked as a member of the Board of Directors with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of the Texas, Rice University Boniuk Center, and Texas Lyceum.
- While giving an interview, Manpreet Monica Singh said that when her father, Attarjit Singh, moved to the United States, he faced racism in the United States, which became one of the primary reasons for her to contest the Judicial elections in Texas. Manpreet has also said that while working under a senior advocate, she was advised by him to introduce herself as an American and not as an American-Indian. She further said that her boss used to ask her to tell people that while her parents were Indian, she is an American. In an interview, while talking about it, she said,
I was always advised by my boss to tell that I am from America. He used to tell me to make people realize that my parents are from India and I am not.”