Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced he has selected Wabash County Superior Court Judge Christopher M. Goff as the next member of the Indiana Supreme Court. Goff will replace Justice Robert D. Rucker, who retired from the Indiana Supreme Court in May after nearly 18 years.

Goff was appointed to the Wabash County Superior Court in 2005, where he maintains a general civil and criminal docket.

Clark County Circuit Court Judge Vicki L. Carmichael and Boone County Superior Court Judge Matthew C. Kincaid were the other two finalists.

Goff, 45, has built a career marked by a devotion to civic and community affairs.

Prior to his appointment to the Wabash Superior Court, Goff maintained a private practice as a partner in a Huntington law firm, where he gained experience in a diverse range of legal matters—including domestic relations, criminal defense, collections, wills and estates, personal injury and small business. He also served as a part-time child support commissioner for the Wabash Circuit Court and a part-time public defender for two years.

Goff served for five years on the Huntington County Police Merit Board and established the Huntington County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. He was recognized as Huntington County’s Volunteer Legal Services Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2001 and 2002.