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The Hon. James P. Henke (deceased) was a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was originally elected to serve as a presiding judge for the Elk Grove-Galt and Walnut Grove-Isleton Judicial Courts in 1976, before being transferred to Sacramento County in 2002. His appointment to the Sacramento County Superior Court came after Henke fought for 26 years to keep the local courts open. At the time of his election to the bench in 1976, Henke, who was only 29 at the time, held the distinction of being the youngest person to hold a judicial position. He retired from the bench in 2007. He passed away a year later, at the age of 61, after a brief battle with cancer.
Henke received his B.S. from California State University, Sacramento in 1970. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1974.
Prior to his election to the bench, Henke served as a partner at the law firm of LaSalle and Henke for eight years.
He was born in Guymon, Oklahoma, but grew up in Galt, California after his family moved to the area in the 1950s. Henke attended Galt High School, where he was active in the local sports. After his retirement from the Sacramento County bench, Henke returned to Galt, where he spent time on this 75-acre grape farm.
J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1974)
B.S. from California State University, Sacramento (1970)
Judge at Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento County, California (2002 to 2007)
Judge at Elk Grove-Galt and Walnut Grove-Isleton Judicial Courts in Sacramento County, California (1976 to 2002)
Partner at LaSalle and Henke (1975 to 1983)