Loretta Rush sworn in as newest justice on Indiana's Supreme Court

Rush was longtime juvenile court judge

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's 108th Supreme Court justice was sworn in Friday morning.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said the court's newest addition Loretta Rush, 54, will be a spectacular Supreme Court justice and picking her was an easy choice.

Rush has been a longtime juvenile court judge in Tippecanoe County. 

At her ceremony Friday, she promised to be fair and impartial and protect the law of the State of Indiana. 

Her official portrait was unveiled at the ceremony, making her the second woman to hold a position on the state's highest court.

"I have a lot in common with the other justices, but when the day is done, I'm thrilled that we have a second (woman) on the court," Rush said. "In the future I think it will become unremarkable that there is another woman appointed."

Myra Selby was the first woman to serve on the court, from 1995 to 1999. Selby praised the new justice.

"I think it's a wonderful addition to the court," Selby said. "It's an important day. The court turns a new page and goes to a new level in every aspect."

Rush said she plans to be a justice for a long time.

Before Rush's swearing-in, Indiana was one of only three states in the country to have an all-male Supreme Court.

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