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Burke new Wyoming chief justice

Jun 17, 2014 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- The justices of the Wyoming Supreme Court have elected James Burke to be the next chief justice effective July 1.

The justices announced Tuesday that Burke will succeed 66-year-old Chief Justice Marilyn Kite, who became Wyoming's first female justice in 2000.

Kite is now finishing her four-year term as Wyoming's first female chief justice.

Burke will be 65 when he becomes chief justice. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia and a law degree from the University of Wyoming.

Burke served in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1970s and was stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. He worked in private-practice law before joining the supreme court in 2001.

Duties of the chief justice include administrative oversight of Wyoming's court system.

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