INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Gov. Mike Pence introduced Geoffrey G. Slaughter as his appointee for the Indiana Supreme Court.
The governor made the announcement Monday afternoon at the Statehouse, calling it a “momentous and humbling decision.”
Slaughter was tapped to succeed Justice Brent Dickson, who retired on April 29 before reaching the state’s mandatory retirement age. The Judicial Nominating Commission said 29 people applied for the vacancy.
The commission whittled the list down to 15 semifinalists before choosing three finalists. In addition to Slaughter, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler and Boone Superior Court Judge Matthew C. Kincaid were under consideration for the post.
Slaughter is a native of Lake County who has spent 30 years in the law profession and is currently a partner at the Indianapolis office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP . He performed his undergrad work at Indiana University in Bloomington and holds a joint law/MBA degree from the Maurer School of Law and Kelley School of Business. He was a finalist for the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012, but was passed over in favor of current Chief Justice Loretta Rush.
“As is of equal importance for members of our judiciary, he has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of life in his community,” Pence said of Slaughter, who serves as president of the Indiana Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Indiana State Bar Association.
Slaughter said he was “deeply honored” by the appointment and grateful for the trust the governor has placed in him. He pledged to do everything he can to continue the legacy of the state’s highest court.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve,” Slaughter said. “I appreciate the hard work of the Judicial Nominating Commission, as they reviewed a lot of applications.”
Slaughter said he only had one regret about his nomination: his parents, who are both deceased, didn’t live to see it.
“I look forward to joining my colleagues on the court, I hope, in due course. Governor, thank you.”