Indiana Supreme Court justice Loretta Rush was named Indiana’s first female Supreme Court chief justice Wednesday.
Then-Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Rush to the Indiana Supreme Court in September of 2012. Prior to that she was a judge in Tippecanoe County’s Superior Court 3.
The nomination was unanimous, but Chief Justice Brent Dickson said it was a close race, with all four justices being qualified candidates.
“The four qualities that I thought were important going into this were serving as the public face of the court, leadership, management skills and experience and I think Justice Rush is outstanding in each of those areas,” Dickson said.
Rush says she appreciates the vote of confidence from the Commission.
“I look forward to the day that it’s unremarkable that there’s a woman on this Court or a woman Chief Justice but I’m thrilled to be a woman Chief Justice on the Indiana Supreme Court,” she said.
Rush is a mother of four children and says she thinks about a balance between work and family. She feels it’s important for a person with that balance to serve on the Supreme Court.
Dickson says Rush will take over as Chief likely sometime later this month.