Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87, the Court confirmed on Friday evening. The cause of Ginsburg’s death was “complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer,” according to the statement.
Ginsburg served on the Supreme Court for 27 years and valiantly fulfilled her role until the very end, despite several difficult diagnoses.
Dearly beloved by those on the left for her tenacious defense of many Democrat ideals and policies, Ginsburg was also highly respected by those on the right for her “tireless and resolute champion of justice,” as fellow Justice John Roberts put it.
Ginsburg famously enjoyed a very good relationship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia — one of the most conservative justices on the court in recent history — until his passing in 2016.
Ginsburg dedicated her life to the pursuit of justice and the law, graduating from Harvard Law School before going on to receive her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. Ginsburg spent nearly two decades as a professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972 and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980.
Ginsburg was appointed as Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980, and in 1993, then-President Bill Clinton made her the 2nd woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
The late justice was somewhat of an outlier from other high court justices, developing a reputation for her outspoken political opinions, and reportedly stated on her deathbed: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
The nation mourns
Public figures on both sides of the aisle offered their condolences and tributes after the news of Ginsburg’s passing broke.
Chief Justice John Roberts stated “our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. … 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.”
“Joining the whole nation tonight in mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—a trailblazer, a dedicated public servant, and an inspiration to so many,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows wrote on Twitter. “My prayers are with her family and friends.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) mourned her death, writing, “the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tremendous loss to our country. She was an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights, and will be remembered as one of the great justices in modern American history.”
President Trump has indicated on multiple occasions that he will move to fill any potential Supreme Court vacancy before the election, and recently released a list of potential conservative nominees.