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Rush Named Indiana Chief Justice

Lafayette native will become court's first female chief later this month

Chief Justice-designate Loretta Rush (WIBC.com file photo: Indiana Supreme Court)

The second woman to serve as an Indiana Supreme Court justice will be the first woman to serve as chief justice.

Loretta Rush will take over leadership of the court later this month from Brent Dickson, who will remain on the court as an associate justice. A date for the transition hasn't been set yet.

The seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission, which includes Dickson, interviewed Rush and the other three justices, then met behind closed doors for an hour before announcing Rush's selection.

Rush says she looks forward to the administrative aspect of the job. She says she wants to lead the way in ensuring people have confidence in the courts across Indiana.

Rush is the newest member of the court. She was Tippecanoe County's juvenile court judge before Governor Mitch Daniels appointed her to the Supreme Court in 2012.

Dickson says the chief justice needs experience, strong management skills, and the ability to serve as the public face of the court. He says any of his four fellow justices would have been outstanding choices -- he jokes he suggested to commission members that they could simply draw straws.

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