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Rush Sworn in As Chief Justice

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Chief Justice Loretta Rush (second from right) chats with Gov. Mike Pence and her two living predecessors as chief justice, Randall Shepard (left) and Brent Dickson (right). (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

Loretta Rush has been sworn in as chief justice of Indiana's Supreme Court.

Rush is the fifth chief justice since it became a permanent position in 1970, instead of a title which rotated among the five justices. She's also the first woman to hold the job.

Governor Pence administered the oath of office as the other justices and members of the Court of Appeals looked on. Also on hand were four former justices, including former Chief Justice Randall Shepard, and Myra Selby, the only woman before Rush to serve on the court.

Rush says she looks forward to the opportunity to work with Indiana's more than 500 trial court judges. She pledges to work to ensure the court system affords equal access to all.

Departing Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who remains on the court as an associate justice, praises Rush as a meticulous legal writer, an organizational "dynamo," and "a Hoosier through and through." 

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