2024 Onyx Woman Leadership Awards Honoree Simquita R. Bridges

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Simquita R. Bridges is employed with the Office of Attorney General and currently serves as the Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functions of the criminal division. She supervises attorneys who prosecute criminal matters related to homicides, sexual assaults, and presentments that are returned by the Investigating Grand Jury.

Prior to working at the Office of Attorney General, Simquita worked at the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office for 16 years. During her tenure there, she worked in the Child Abuse Unit and Domestic Violence Unit. She also prosecuted multiple homicide cases. Simquita is an advocate for victims of physical and sexual abuse. She has vigorously prosecuted numerous crimes against children and victims of domestic abuse. In every case, she has shown compassion and empathy for the most vulnerable people in this community.

Simquita was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve on the Pennsylvania Criminal Rules Committee. In this capacity, she was responsible for assisting the court in prescribing general rules governing criminal practice and procedure throughout Pennsylvania.  Simquita served on the Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee, wherein she was responsible for evaluating and making recommendations for candidates for judicial offices in Allegheny County. She has also served as faculty for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Simquita graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1996. She also received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelor’s Degree from Austin Peay State University.

Simquita resides in the Borough of Sewickley with her husband, Reginald. She is an active member of Triumph Church, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. Simquita is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

We asked our honorees how their mothers impacted their success.

How My Mother Impacted My Career

My mother, Dorothy Shearron, was a wife, mother, auntie and homemaker. She was a woman of quiet strength. When I was a young girl, my mother said to me, “Make your own money.” She didn’t explain why she made the statement, and I never heard her complain about not having money. What I did know was that my father was the sole provider for the family, and as a result, I believe my mother felt powerless to make decisions. So what I gleaned from that statement was that when you make your own money, you have a voice in decisions. When you make your own money, you have a sense of independence and freedom. When you make your own money, you have the power to make changes. When you make your own money, you get to have a seat at the table.

From that simple statement, I have always been driven to work hard, to set goals and build a career that my mother would be proud of.

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