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[r26] Family ties span generations as Rep. Truitt honors Chief Justice Shepard
Start Date: 2/22/2012
End Date: 2/22/2012
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Family ties span generations as Rep. Truitt honors Chief Justice Shepard 

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) spoke on the House floor yesterday as part of a resolution honoring retiring Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. The General Assembly thanked Chief Justice Shepard for his 26 years of dedicated service to the courts and the citizens of Indiana and wished him well with his retirement. 

Before Chief Justice Shepard was on the Indiana Supreme Court, his life was in the hands of Rep. Truitt’s grandfather, Dr. Frank W. Peyton. Born in Lafayette on December 24, 1946, Chief Justice Shepard was delivered by Rep. Truitt’s grandfather who delivered 11,434 babies throughout his medical career and kept meticulous records of each birth. 

The Chief Justice was the 601st baby the doctor delivered and weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. 

After research, Rep. Truitt found the Chief Justice’s accounting of his birth from 1946 and presented it to him on the House floor.  

“We truly live in a small world as our families have a storied past,” said Rep. Truitt. “It was a pleasure to present Chief Justice Shepard with the first official record of his life.” 

The justice will retire from the Indiana Supreme Court in March after serving 26 years as a justice; 24 of those as Chief Justice. Hoosiers voted to retain Chief Justice Shepard three times and casted more votes in his favor in 2008 than have ever been cast for an Indiana Supreme Court justice.

“Chief Justice Shepard has always championed sound, judicial reasoning in addition to being a steward of justice during his time serving the court,” said Rep. Truitt. “His leadership and dedication to constitutional values will be sorely missed.”

Chief Justice Shepard is the longest-serving state court chief justice in the United States and has been appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. to the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, making him the only state court justice among the membership of the committee.   

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Name: Nick Goodwin
Phone: 317-232-9831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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