INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – After a 30 second oath Justice Loretta Rush became the first female Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence acknowledged the historic nature of Monday’s ceremony, but said it is so much more that brought Rush to this day.
“As her unanimous selection by her judicial nominating committee attested, Loretta Rush has been selected among an extraordinarily talented group of candidates because quite simply she was the best choice,” Pence said.
Prior to being named a justice in 2012, Rush was Tippecanoe Superior III judge for 14 years. Those giving remarks were eager to point out Chief Justice Rush is a Hoosier through and through, even though she was born out of state.
“She brings an enormous breadth of Hoosier background,” Chief Justice Brent Dickson said. “Her life experiences uniquely equip her with the new responsibility she faces.”
“In my almost two years on this court and 30 years as a Hoosier lawyer and trial judge, I’ve learned the strength of our Supreme Court is based on the collective work and wisdom of the five justices,” Rush said.
The ceremony was held inside the Supreme Court Law Library at the Indiana Statehouse. Rush requested it host the occasion.
“This magnificent room further drives home our branch of government’s core purpose to administer fair, impartial, effective justice to the cases we decide while always respecting the rule of law which is represented symbolically by these books,” Rush said.
At the end of the historic ceremony, Chief Justice Rush was ready to do one thing.
“Let’s get back to work,” Rush said.