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Christian F. "Rick" Thierbach


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-69 32204 Loss
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-72 33194 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: 1949
Married: Marlene L. Thierbach
Children: Christian F. Thierbach IV and Alison M. Thierbach

1980s: Senior Deputy District Attorney, Riverside County
1980s: Member, Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees
2001-Present: Juvenile Court Justice, Riverside County Superior Court
2001-2003: Presiding Judge, Riverside County Superior Court

  • Thierbach currently presides in a criminal trials courtroom.
  • Thierbach was the judge in the case against Joseph Neale Jr., who was sentenced to 374 years in prison following his conviction for his armed seizure of the Riverside City Hall. During the event, Neale took four elected officials hostage, including Mayor Ron Loveridge (who Neale shot in the neck), Councilmember Chuck Beaty (who was shot three times), Councilmember Terri Thompson (who Neal shot at but missed), and Councilwoman Laura Densmore (who was shot three times by police when they stormed the Council Chambers).