McCormack is named chief justice of Michigan Supreme Court

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has selected Bridget McCormack to serve as chief justice.

The court says the vote was unanimous Wednesday. McCormack, a former law school professor, has been a Supreme Court justice since 2013.

In a statement, McCormack says Michigan courts “must be accessible to all” and “independent of political pressure.” She is one of three Democrats on the Supreme Court.

Stephen Markman, the longest-serving justice, was chief justice in 2017 and 2018.

The court said Justice David Viviano has been named to a new post, chief justice pro tem. He will focus on technology and statewide administrative changes to improve service to the public.