The Washington state Supreme Court has long had a high share of women serving, but women now hold a majority on the nine-member court and the chief-justice job together for the first time. Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud was sworn in this morning, making her the fifth woman on the court – including Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Justices Susan Owens, Mary Fairhurst and Debra Stephens.
Also sworn in today were Owens, re-elected in November, and Justice Steven Gonzalez , re-elected after his appointment last year by outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire. Departing the court is Justice Tom Chambers who is retiring.
TVW has the proceedings here.