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Michigan Supreme Court chief justice leaving bench this year

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LANSING, MI (AP)— Bridget McCormack, the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, says she will quit by the end of the year.

McCormack, who was nominated by the Democratic Party, was reelected to an eight-year term in 2020. She's been on the court since 2013.

McCormack said Monday that she'll step down between November 22 and the end of the year.

Election victories by McCormack and Justice Elizabeth Welch in 2020 put Democrats in the court’s majority for the first time since 2010.

Michigan governors choose new justices when someone resigns. Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, called McCormack a “phenomenal public servant.”

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