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Daniels Chooses Mark Massa To Replace Chief Justice Shepard

Mark Massa, who served as Governor Mitch Daniels’ chief counsel, has been chosen as the new state Supreme Court justice.

Mark Massa

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Mark Massa replaces Chief Justice Randall Shepard on the Indiana Supreme Court but will not necessarily be chief justice.

Former state and federal prosecutor Mark Massa will replace retiring Chief Justice Randall Shepard on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Mark Massa began his legal career as Chief Justice Shepard’s law clerk and has also spent time as Governor Mitch Daniels’ chief counsel. Massa says he is humbled by the appointment.

“This is a sobering responsibility and an honor that it really beyond words,” he says.

One of the three finalists for the position was a woman, Indiana Judicial Center director Jane Seigel. There has only been one woman ever to serve on the state’s high court, but Daniels says gender wasn’t a top factor in his decision.

“The criteria, I should say, begin with merit, intellectual and otherwise, experience, principles and temperament,” he says.

Massa will replace Shepard on the Court but not as chief justice. The state Judicial Nominating Commission will choose the new chief justice sometime in the future.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Loblack

    Everyone thought that Siegel was the most qualified.  Of course, she wasn’t chosen–she’s a woman.  What a shame.

  • http://indianapublicmedia.org Indiana Public Media

    When it was announced that Massa was chosen, someone pointed out that Daniels had just appointed a woman as Secretary of State. Do you think that changes things?

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