Nancy Rice retiring from Colorado Supreme Court
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Nancy E. Rice was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1998

Brennan Linsley, Associated Press Colorado Chief Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice, right, swears in new state alternate elector Celeste Landry at the Capitol in Denver on Dec. 19, 2016.

Nancy E. Rice, the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, announced Wednesday that she will be retiring in June after spending nearly 20 years as a member of the body, giving outgoing Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper his fifth pick on the seven-judge panel.

“It’s the greatest honor of my life to have served Colorado as a judge for most of my career,” Rice said in a written statement. “I’m extremely proud of our system of justice in Colorado, which serves as a model for the nation in just and efficient outcomes. This wouldn’t be possible without our thousands of dedicated judicial officers and employees. I will sincerely miss being a part of this great system.”

Rice, 67, was appointed to the state’s most powerful court in 1998 and was selected by her fellow Supreme Court judges to become chief justice in 2013.

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