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Kimberly Henderson Baird

Kimberly began her career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney to Ray Larson in 1996, and as Lou Anna Red Corn’s First Assistant in 2016. When Lou Anna announced her retirement, Kimberly was appointed by Governor Beshear to fill the remainder of Lou Anna’s term beginning October 1, 2022. Kimberly became the first African American female in Kentucky to serve in the role of Fayette Commonwealth’s AttorneyShe was born and raised in Lexington; graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1993 and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1996. She has tried over 115 cases before juries – including approximately 26 homicides cases. For decades, she has trained new prosecutors across the state at the Kentucky Prosecutor’s Conference, as well as instructing officers with the Lexington Police Department and the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) in Richmond.

She is also a strong advocate for crime victims, especially the most vulnerable in our community – children. She is a member of the office’s Special Victim’s Unit which focuses on prosecuting crimes committed against children. She also facilitates the multi-disciplinary team meetings held at the Children’s Advocacy Center. This team investigates and prosecutes child sexual abuse cases in Fayette County.

She understands the issues facing our community and is committed to finding solutions. In 2020, she was asked to serve on the Mayor’s Commission for Racial Justice and Equality – Law Enforcement, Justice and Accountability. That committee discussed concerns community members had with law enforcement and the justice system and ways to address those concerns. She co-chairs the Legal Committee of the Fayette County Juvenile Treatment Court Steering Committee working to create best practices for juveniles charged with crimes. And on a national level, she is an associate member of the National District Attorney’s Association, serving on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She was also recently inducted as a Fellow into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and have been asked to serve on its Kentucky State Committee. She will also serve on the 2023 Kentucky Bar Association Convention planning committee.

She is also very active in her community. She has served as the chair of Lexington’s Annual Roots and Heritage Festival for the past 17 years. She is the Board Treasurer for the Community Action Council. She is also a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc. the Junior League of Lexington, an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and the Ky Association of Professional African American Women (KAPAAW). She currently serves as the Usher Board president at Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, where she has been a member for over 40 years.

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