Supreme Court Justice Holder announces retirement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder says she's retiring at the end of her current term.

Holder, the first woman to serve as the high court's chief justice, announced on Wednesday that Aug. 31, 2014, will be her last day.

She notified Gov. Bill Haslam by letter that she will not seek re-election in the August 2014 judicial retention election.

Holder was first elected circuit court judge of the 30th Judicial District in Memphis in 1990. She was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in December 1996, elected in August 1998, and then re-elected in 2006 to her current eight-year term.

She is the third woman to serve on the high court. She held the position of chief justice from September 2008 to August 2010.


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