Haslam to swear in Lee as Tenn. chief justice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam plans to preside over an investiture ceremony for Sharon Lee as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court in Knoxville next week.
Lee will be the third woman to head the five-member high court, taking over from Justice Gary Wade. The Supreme Court elects its chief justice to one-year terms.
Lee, Wade and Justice Connie Clark won retention elections to another eight-year term on the Supreme Court bench last month despite a concerted effort by conservatives to oust the justices appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.
Their victory means Democrats continue to hold a 3-2 advantage over Republicans in the Supreme Court, which will decide the state's next attorney general.
Lee was an appeals judge before her appointment to the Supreme Court in 2008.
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