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Loretta Rush Sworn In As New Chief Justice

Loretta Rush took the oath of office today, becoming the states first female Supreme Court chief justice.

Justice Loretta Rush takes oath of office

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Justice Loretta Rush, accompanied by her son, husband and Gov. Mike Pence, takes the oath of office to become the chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.

A new era in Indiana’s judicial system began Monday as Loretta Rush was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, making her the first woman to lead the state’s highest court.

The Judicial Nominating Commission earlier this month chose Rush to replace outgoing Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who announced in June he would step down as Chief but remain on the Court until his mandatory retirement in 2016.

Rush is only the state’s second female Supreme Court Justice and its first female Chief Justice.

Governor Mike Pence acknowledges the historic nature of her role but says, more importantly, she was the best choice.

“Her commitment to the dutiful application of the law, her careful adherence to precedence, combined with her irrepressible energy, her dignity, her work ethic has all laid a foundation that’s commanded the respect of her peers and I know will serve her well in her new role,” Pence says.

Rush says she’s proud to be the state’s first female Chief Justice and points out that half of the state’s law students are now women.

“I think it’s important that, to get that public trust within our system, we need to encourage and promote diversity within our profession,” she says.

Rush says she looks forward to building on the work done by previous chief justices in making the state’s judiciary more open and accessible.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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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