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.