U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg honored by Oregon officials
"Stunned, devastated, and crushed."
News of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death swept social media like a tidal wave Friday afternoon, eliciting reactions from people young and old. Lawmakers from around the Pacific Northwest chimed in to share their condolences and thoughts.
Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women's rights champion who became the court's second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87 and died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said.
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a once-in-a-generation role model and champion of equal rights. This is such an extraordinary loss for our country," tweeted Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.
"I am stunned, devastated and crushed by the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing. This is an unfathomable loss for our country. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will go down in the history books as a hero who made a profound impact on gender equality in our nation, both through her trailblazing legal advocacy and her tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court," said Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg created a landscape and set the legal framework for women's equality in this country — case by case, brick by brick. She was ahead of her time, a true pioneer. Her story was remarkable. Throughout her career, she faced discrimination at every turn — for being a woman, for being Jewish, for being a mother — yet overcame it to sit on the highest court in our country.," said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not just a giant in American judicial history but helped define an era with her clarity of thought and moral purpose. Let's pause to reflect on her amazing life, tremendous accomplishments and inspiration, especially for several generations of women," Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer tweeted.
"I am devastated by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and send condolences to her family. Our country owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Justice Ginsburg for her lifelong commitment to public service and advancing and upholding the ideals of our Constitution.," said Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.
"We have lost one of the greatest American patriots to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was so much more than a judge; she was one of America's greatest champions for justice, in the truest sense of the word," said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first justice I voted for. Tonight, my heart is breaking for a million reasons — for her family, for our country, for my North Star," said Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murphy.
"We owe immense gratitude to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," tweeted Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. "She judged with clarity, conviction and righteousness. She was, and will always be, a hallmark of what our judicial branch should represent in every decision."
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trail blazer, whose life's work fighting for equality should be a guiding light for us all," said Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek. "I am profoundly saddened by her death. As was the case four years ago with a Supreme Court vacancy, a replacement should not be considered until after the next inauguration."
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Ginsburg "epitomized everything I hold dear about the law; she was a role model for so many women lawyers, law students and judges; and she was a giant throughout her career when it came to equality for women. Most important, she always gave us hope that the Rule of Law would prevail. To say she will be missed is an understatement."
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said of Justice Ginsburg: "Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice."
Ginsburg is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Martin David Ginsburg, died in 2010.
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