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Indiana’s 2nd Female Supreme Court Justice Publicly Sworn In

Justice Loretta Rush is the second woman and the 108th justice to serve on Indiana's highest court.

Loretta Rush

Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU-WTIU News

Justice Loretta Rush speaks to the media after her public swearing in.

Mitch Daniels’ third appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court was publicly sworn in Friday as the 108th justice to serve on the state’s highest court. She was sworn in during a private ceremony last month.

Several hundred people gathered in Indianapolis to see the robing of Loretta Rush, who is serving as only the second woman to sit on the state’s bench.

“It’s a wonderful place knowing that I’m the 108th, that I sort of stand on the shoulders of all of those that come before me,” she says. “I’m very happy.”

Governor Mitch Daniels administered the oath of office. Daniels says Rush’s work as a Tippecanoe County judge helped transform Indiana’s Child Protection System.

“A distinguishing factor was her work with children,” he says. “There’s nothing we’ve worked harder at or seen greater improvement at than protection of children in Indiana.”

Rush says she is thrilled of the appointment and looks forward to the day when it is unremarkable that a woman is on the Supreme Court.

Former Justice Myra Selby was the first woman to be robed. She stepped down in 1999.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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