Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, often mentioned as a running mate for Vice President George Bush, unequivocally ruled out Wednesday the possibility of taking the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket.

In a written response to a query from United Press International, O'Connor said, "I most assuredly am not considering any other position in or out of government and do not expect to do so in the future."O'Connor, 58, is a conservative appointed to the high court by President Reagan in 1981. She is the first woman to be a Supreme Court justice.

UPI had asked O'Connor to respond to numerous comments mentioning her as a running mate for Bush, who has locked up the Republican presidential nomination. She responded with the brief note saying she would not be leaving the Supreme Court.

O'Connor, a longtime Republican, has served as an Arizona appeals court judge and an Arizona state legislator before joining the Supreme Court.

O'Connor is married to John Jay O'Connor III, a prominent attorney. The couple have three children.