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.
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, 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. In 2016, she joined the ABA Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, where she pursued a leadership course till 2017.
A childhood photo of Manpreet Monica Singh
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.
A picture of Manpreet Monica Singh with her parents
Guru Singh, brother of Manpreet Monica Singh, with Manpreet’s son
Husband & Children
Her husband’s name is Mandeep. They got married to each other in 2003. The couple has two sons.
A photo of Manpreet with her sons and husband
Manpreet Monica Singh follows Sikhism.
After completing her formal education, Manpreet began working as an attorney in the US. In 2001, she became a certified mediator.
Manpreet Singh (extreme left) during her swearing-in as an attorney
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 became a certified advocate of the Sikh Coalition, a Sikh-American advocacy group. As of 2022, she has worked as an advocate in more than a hundred cases. 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 also served on the American Board of Trial Advocates as a chapter representative. Manpreet participated in and won the Harris County Judge Elections in 2022 as a Democratic Party candidate. 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.”
Manpreet Monica Singh’s election poster
She was sworn in as the judge 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.”
A snapshot of Manpreet Singh Monica taken after her swearing ceremony
- 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 Singh’s Texas Diversity Champion Award
- Manpreet has also 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 ACLU of the Texas and Texas Lyceum.
- While giving an interview, Manpreet Monica Singh said that when her father, Attarjit Singh, moved to the United States, he had only $8 with him. She also said that Attarjit faced racism in the United States, and racism was 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.”