District Attorney Kimberly Lewis
Kimberly Lewis is a California native and grew up in Fresno. She attended Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, graduating with a major in English. She received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio in 1996 and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1997.
She joined the Merced County District Attorney's Office in November, 1998, where she was a prosecutor for 8 1/2 years. Five of those years were dedicated to prosecuting domestic violence cases. In 2005, she earned the distinction of becoming the first female prosecutor to prosecute a homicide trial for the office when she prosecuted William Terry Huff for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. He was sentenced to 64 years to life on April 27, 2005.
In June, 2007, she accepted a position with the Merced Office of the County Counsel and was assigned to represent the Human Services Agency. During her ten plus years there, she represented the county in personnel, conservatorship, public administrator, dependency and environment health matters. During that time, she gained an understanding of the county government processes through review of purchasing and service agreements as well as memorandums of understanding.
In the fall of 2017, she returned to prosecuting, joining the staff at the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office. Shortly thereafter, she made the decision to enter the race for the Merced County District Attorney in the June, 2018 election. She won the election, garnering 66% of the votes, becoming the first woman elected as District Attorney in Merced County.
Mrs. Lewis is married to local attorney Tom Lewis, and between them they have seven children. All of her children attended Merced schools. Her older son is currently attending CSU Sacramento; her older daughter will begin law school this fall at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law on a full scholarship; her younger daughter attends the University of Hartford in Connecticut on a Division 1 volleyball scholarship; and her younger son is currently a junior at El Capitan High School.