Indiana’s 1st female chief justice sworn in

(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Loretta Rush became the first female Supreme Court chief justice in Indiana history on Monday.

Rush was sworn in Monday afternoon by Gov. Mike Pence. She replaces current Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who announced in June that he would step down but stay on as an associate justice. He faces mandatory retirement when he turns 75 in 2016.

Rush was selected earlier this month by the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission.

The former Tippecanoe County judge was appointed to the supreme court by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012. She’s the first woman to serve on the court since Myra Selby stepped down in 1999.

Indiana justices are appointed to five-year terms before facing a retention vote. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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