Rush takes oath of office, becomes state’s first female chief justice

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 18, 2014) – Indiana’s first female chief justice is now on the job.

Gov. Mike Pence administered the oath of office Monday for Loretta Rush in the state Supreme Court Law Library at the Statehouse. Rush, 56, is taking over for Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who announced plans in June to step down but will remain an associate justice.

“In my two years on the court and 30 years as a trial judge, I’ve learned that the strength of our Supreme Court is based on the collective work and wisdom of the five justices,” Rush said.

Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Rush to the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012. Before that, she served as a judge in Tippecanoe County.