Loretta Rush sworn in as Indiana's first female Supreme Court chief justice

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush
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Indiana's first female supreme court justice took the oath of office Monday.

"Loretta Rush is Hoosier through and through," former Chief Justice Brent Dickson told the gathering.

The man Rush would succeed said she was gifted with uncommon grace and humility. A married mother of four, she graduated from Purdue and attended law school at IU.

"Loretta Rush has been selected from among a talented group of candidates because, quite simply, she was the best choice to lead the best State Supreme Court in America as its Chief Justice," Indiana Governor Mike Pence stated.

With that, he delivered the oath of Office and history was at hand. She had asked the swearing in be held in the small law library, a place she called the jewel of the Statehouse. Luke Rush, her youngest child, called the ceremony to order.

"I love these law books for what they represent for our profession, which is almost 200 years of Indiana citizens coming to the Supreme Court seeking just decisions."

When asked about being the state's first female Chief Justice, Rush responded that the institution is "bigger than gender."

"I think it's important our judiciary - whether it's child court, city court judge, all the way up to the Supreme Court - is representative of what we look like as a society," Rush added.

The IBM breach of contract lawsuit with the State of Indiana is one case pending before the state's high court.

Former Chief Justice Randall Shepard said her best quality is her legal experience and her life experience.

"When I go into court, do I have the feeling that there are people there who understand what I have been through and who will listen carefully to what I say and the part on the other side says," former Chief Justice Randall Shepard observed.

"Well, I guess there is only one thing left to be said: Let's get back to work!" Chief Justice Rush said at the end of the ceremony, ushering in a new era in Indiana.

She was appointed to the High Court in 2012 by then-Governor Mitch Daniels. She was also the first woman to serve on the court since Myra Selby resigned in 1999.