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This updated photo provided by the Indiana Supreme Court on June 18, 2014 shows the members of the Indiana Supreme Court. The are: Justice Robert D. Rucker, top left, Brent E. Dickson, Chief Justice, top center, Justice Steven H. David, top right; Justice Loretta H. Rush, bottom left; Justice Mark S. Massa. It's only been two years since Brent Dickson was named Indiana chief justice to lead an almost entirely new state Supreme Court. The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 to interview Justices Rush, Massa, David and Rucker before selecting a new chief justice to succeed Dickson. (AP Photo/Indiana Supreme Court)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first woman to lead the Indiana Supreme Court says she appreciates the vote of confidence and looks forward to a time when having a female chief justice isn't unique.

The Judicial Nominating Commission on Wednesday chose Loretta Rush to succeed Brent Dickson as the high court's leader over fellow justices Mark Massa, Steven David and Robert Rucker. Dickson announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice.

Dickson succeeded Randall Shepard as chief justice in 2012. He faces mandatory retirement when he turns 75 in 2016.

Rush is a former Tippecanoe County judge and was appointed by former Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012. She is the first woman to serve on the state Supreme Court since Myra Selby stepped down in 1999.