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Editorial: Chief Justice Rush deserves another term

Loretta Rush, Indiana’s first female chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, faces a vote this month to be reappointed to a second term. Chief justice appointments occur every five years.

News-Sentinel.com believes Indiana’s Judicial Nominating Commission should approve her reappointment following their interview with her on Aug. 21 at the Statehouse. No doubt they will.

Rush, 61, was appointed chief justice by the Nominating Commission in August 2014. She had been appointed to the Supreme Court by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels and sworn in as Indiana’s 108th justice in November 2012.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce named Rush the state’s 2018 Government Leader of the Year, and she was honored during the organization’s 29th annual awards dinner in November in Indianapolis.

The Chamber said Rush “brings a passionate commitment and strong organizational skills and communication abilities to all aspects of her position.”

As chief justice, Rush works with four other justices on the state’s highest court. She is also in charge of the entire judicial branch, including administration and funding of court programs across the state.

Prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court, Rush was judge of Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 for 14 years and worked as an attorney in Lafayette before that.

Born in Pennsylvania, Rush moved to Indiana in 1972 where she graduated from Purdue University before earning her doctor of jurisprudence degree at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.

The court’s four other justices will address the commission about the qualities and attributes important in a chief justice before Rush speaks to the panel. The members of the Commission will then go into an executive session before returning to vote in public.

“The bench and bar in our state widely agree that Loretta Rush’s leadership as chief justice is key to building a better court system for Indiana’s future,” former Chief Justice Randall Shepard (1987-2012) told the Chamber. “Chief Justice Rush is visible and inventive in finding ways to advance our state. She’s become recognized in national judicial circles as a leader who enriches the legal system, and she’s a source of pride for Indiana lawyers and judges.”

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