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Courts in the Classroom > Justice Biographies > Hon. Loretta H. Rush Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush

(One hundred eighth Justice)

Loretta H. Rush was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Mitch Daniels in September 2012. She took the oath of office as Indiana's 108th Supreme Court Justice on November 7, 2012. She became Chief Justice on August 18, 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was elected Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 judge and served for 14 years.

As juvenile court judge in Tippecanoe County she assisted with the creation of the county's Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. She helped initiate, develop and sustain more than twenty-five youth programs. Prior to that she spent 15 years in general legal practice and became a partner at a Lafayette firm.

Chief Justice Rush serves on the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. As Chief Justice, Rush chairs the Judicial Nominating/Qualifications Commission. Chief Justice Rush is a member of the Tippecanoe, Indiana, Indianapolis, Seventh Circuit and American Bar Associations; and Indiana and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Rush was born in 1958 in Pennsylvania and moved frequently as a child before settling in Indiana in 1972. She earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and graduated cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. 

She is married with four children.


Robing Ceremony

Chief Justice Ceremony

Justice Loretta Rush was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Indiana by Governor Mike Pence on August 18, 2014. 

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