Randall Shepard

The Indiana Civic Health Index uses data from the census and the U.S. Elections Project to measure how much Hoosiers engage with their government and their community.

For example, one of the questions from the U.S. Elections Project – do you eat dinner with a family member frequently? Nearly 93 percent of Hoosiers said yes in 2016, ranking third in the country.

Hoosiers are more likely to attend public meetings, volunteer in community organizations and interact with their neighbors than in years past.

Indiana’s three gubernatorial candidates each sat down with former Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard at IUPUI Tuesday to discuss the state’s policy future. 

For all the candidates, better preparing students isn’t just about getting them ready for college.  GOP candidate Mike Pence says he wants to strengthen career and vocational education for high schoolers, something he feels has been lost in the last 30 years.

IN Supreme Court

The new chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court is a Purdue alumnus.

The Judicial Nominating Commission voted for Brent Dickson to take on the job. He has been serving as interim chief justice since Randall Shepard retired in March.

Dickson is a former Lafayette attorney, who received his law degree from Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1968. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1964.

Only one woman has sat on Indiana’s Supreme Court, but the state’s Lieutenant Governor believes a second may be named soon.

Becky Skillman says Governor Mitch Daniels would like to appoint a female justice to replace Frank Sullivan who is stepping down at the end of the year.

She says doing so would provide the court with a unique perspective and the state is better served when there is a diverse group of justices.

Governor Daniels is tasked with appointing his second justice this year.

He selected Mark Massa to replace Randall Shepard who retired last month.

Sullivan Stepping Down from IN Supreme Court

Apr 2, 2012

Indiana’s Supreme Court needs to replace another judge.

Justice Frank Sullivan announced Monday he is stepping down and will accept a position at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law.

He has served on the state Supreme Court since 1993.

Sullivan’s decision comes on the same day Governor Mitch Daniel swore in the court’s newest justice, Mark Massa, who is replacing Randall Shepard.

Shepard, a native of Lafayette, retired last month.