The Honorable Kimberly Menninger

Orange County Superior Court, Department C5


The Hon. Kimberly Menninger is a judge for the Superior Court for Orange County in California. She was elected in March 2002, succeeding Judge J. Michael Beecher.

Menninger attended Saddleback Community College, where she earned her A.A. in 1979. She then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving a B.A. in political science in 1981. Menninger then completed her J.D. at Loyola Law School in 1985.

She began her legal career in 1986, serving as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Orange County until her election to the Superior Court for Orange County in 2002. As a deputy district attorney, Menninger spent eight years working in the gang unit, prosecuting gang members for murders, carjackings, robberies, kidnappings, drug offenses, and other serious crimes.

Menninger collaborates with various organizations to help deter children from crime. These include the Assistance League, the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, the Laurel House, and Trinity United Presbyterian Church.

She has been endorsed by the Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, and the Citizens for Law and Order.

Her judicial campaign included promises to support the Three Strikes sentencing law as well as the death penalty.

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