Loretta Rush named first female chief justice of Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 6, 2014)— The next chief justice of Indiana was selected Wednesday by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Loretta Rush, who is the only female member of the Indiana Supreme Court, was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in September 2012 by former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Prior to serving on the supreme court, Rush was elected Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 judge and served in the position for 14 years.

As a Supreme Court Justice, Rush now serves as Chair of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana and the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity. She is on the Judicial Conference Juvenile Justice Improvement Committee, the Judicial Conference Problem-Solving Courts Committee and the State Board of Law Examiners. She has been appointed multiple times to attend the National Judicial Leadership Summit on the Protection of Children.

Rush assisted with the creation of the country’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.  During her tenure as juvenile court judge, she helped to develop and sustain more than 25 youth programs.

“I offer my sincerest congratulations to Justice Loretta Rush on being unanimously selected to be the new Chief Justice of Indiana. With this selection, the Judicial Nominating Commission has made history and ensured that Indiana’s Supreme Court will continue to have outstanding leadership in the years ahead,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “With her extensive legal experience, proven character and commitment to public service, I am confident that Chief Justice Rush will serve our judiciary and our state with distinction.”

Rush earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and graduated cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Rush is married and has four children.

She is expected to take office later this month when Chief Justice Brent Dickson steps down.  Dickson will remain on the Indiana Supreme Court as an associate justice.

Mitch Daniels, President of Purudue University, issued the following statement:

“With four stellar candidates to consider, the committee could not have gone wrong, but they also could not have done better.  Every Hoosier has reason to celebrate this outstanding choice; I know I am.”

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