COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Sharon Kennedy has become the ninth woman to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Kennedy, a Republican, was sworn in at a ceremony in Columbus on Friday. She's a former Butler County domestic relations judge, who was elected to the seat in November. Kennedy ended Democratic Justice Yvette McGee Brown's bid to serve an unexpired term through 2014.
Kennedy began her career in public service as a police officer in Hamilton in southwest Ohio.
McGee Brown was the first black female justice on the high court. She had been appointed in 2010 to fill a vacancy left when Maureen O'Connor became chief justice.
McGee Brown's supporters had claimed Kennedy had benefited in the election from a "great ballot name" that prevailed even after $1.5 million in spending favoring the Democrat.
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