Governor Susan Kihika was born in 1974. She is the daughter of the late Nakuru veteran Politician Dickson Kihika Kimani who earned repute from the 1970s to the 1990s. Kihika Kimani is the only Kenyan ever to get elected as MP of three different constituencies (Nakuru North, Laikipia West and Molo)
Susan Kihika attended Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls in Nyeri County before travelling to the USA in 1993 for further studies.
Susan Kihika holds a Degree in Political Science and Government from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, USA. She also did a Jurist Doctorate Law Degree from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA.
After graduating with a law degree she was admitted to the Texas State Bar. She was later employed by the US government as a prosecutor for the state of Texas at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.
Kihika rose through the ranks to become the Chief Prosecutor. She was responsible for prosecuting thousands of criminal cases through jury and bench trials as well as making plea bargains.
After four years, Susan Kihika resigned and founded her law firm, The Kihika Law Firm in Dallas. She specialized in Immigration Defense, litigating complex deportation cases against the USA federal government and criminal defence.
After living, studying and working in the USA for close to 20 years, Susan Kihika decided it was time to come back to Kenya and become involved in the development of her home country.
She returned to Kenya in late 2012 and made a stab at the Bahati Parliamentary seat but lost out at the nomination stage.
She never gave up and thereafter vied for the Nakuru County Speaker’s seat where she beat 7 men to capture the seat.
Susan Kihika was elected the Vice-Chairperson of the County Assemblies Forum (CAF). CAF is composed of all the 47 County Assemblies in Kenya with a membership of over 2200 MCAs and 47 County Assembly speakers.
Governor Susan Kihika is a well-known philanthropist. She has been involved in community projects and charity work including supporting women groups across the county. She is also a strong advocate for the rights and welfare of children, particularly those living with disabilities and the advancement of girl child education.