Daniels names Tippecanoe County judge as 1st woman on Indiana Supreme Court since 1999
Tippecanoe Juvenile Judge Loretta Rush named
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Gov. Mitch Daniels has named a Tippecanoe County judge as the first woman on the Indiana Supreme Court since 1999.
Tippecanoe Juvenile Judge Loretta Hogan Rush, 54, was announced as Daniels' choice Friday.
A woman hasn't sat on Indiana's Supreme Court since 1999, when Myra Selby resigned to return to private practice.
Daniels had come under fire from many Hoosiers last spring, when he passed over a woman to appoint his former aide, Mark Massa.
Daniels acknowledged the calls for more diversity on the court and said that was a factor in his decision, but not the deciding one.
The governor said he "wasn't oblivious" to the all-male court, but he said the pick is based on quality first.
Daniels praised Rush as a youthful, vigorous judge who will add to the court's luster.
Rush worked at the Lafayette law firm of Chief Justice Brent Dickson before he was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court.
The governor thanked Rush for her efforts to protect vulnerable children by helping to reform Indiana's child welfare system during her time as a juvenile court judge.
"When I got the call from (the governor) yesterday… I gave him a very excited yes. I am honored to be able to serve as the 108th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court," Rush said.
Prominent local attorney and longtime women's welfare activist Ann DeLaney called Rush's appointment long overdue.
"A woman, particularly a well-qualified woman, brings a different perspective to that entire arena. And it is important that that voice be heard and it be heard by the other four men on the Supreme Court," DeLaney said. "And that's why I'm particularly pleased that the governor has seen fit to appoint a qualified woman."
Rush is replacing Frank Sullivan, who retired in July.
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