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Rush Named Indiana’s First Female Supreme Court Chief

Loretta Rush will become the state's first female Supreme Court chief justice after Brent Dickson steps down from his post.

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Justice Loretta Rush was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in September of 2012.

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.

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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  • Bob Eckert

    Just imagine how far to the right this woman had to have been to get to the Supreme Count level at a time when Indiana is in the grip of complete Republican right-wing (soon to be Tea Part wingnut?) control. Frightening.

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