September 29, 2005 3:00 AM

Roberts sworn in as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Taking his place among celebrated historic figures such as John Jay, John Marshall and his mentor, William Rehnquist, John G. Roberts Jr. became the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, after Senate confirmation and a swearing-in ceremony at the White House. Roberts ascension to head of the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary marked a very meaningful event in the life of our nation, President Bush said, praising the new chiefs astute mind and kind heart. Roberts won Senate approval 78-22, with all the no votes coming from Democrats.

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