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.