Indiana’s 1st female chief justice taking office

Judge Loretta Rush made history Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, as she was sworn in as Indiana's first female Supreme Court Chief Justice. (WLFI Photo/Kelly Roberts)
Judge Loretta Rush made history Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, as she was sworn in as Indiana's first female Supreme Court Chief Justice. (WLFI Photo/Kelly Roberts)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Former Tippecanoe County Judge Loretta Rush was sworn in Monday as the first female Supreme Court Chief Justice in Indiana history.

Rush was sworn in Monday at 1 p.m. 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.

Rush served as Tippecanoe Superior III Judge for 14 years before being appointed Supreme Court Justice by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012. Rush is 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.

The swearing-in ceremony took place in the Supreme Court Library in Indianapolis.

Our own Kelly Roberts covered the swearing in ceremony and she will have reaction from the new Chief Justice coming up on News 18 at Five and Six.

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