Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died just as the sun was setting on Friday, Sept. 18, the first night of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Ginsburg was the second woman, and the first Jewish woman, to serve on the Supreme Court.
Flags in Minnesota will be at half-staff in her memory until her funeral, by order of Gov. Tim Walz.
“Few Americans have done as much for the cause of equality as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Walz.
“She broke glass ceilings at every turn. She envisioned and implemented a humane and progressive interpretation of the law. She changed this country for the better.”
“In her legal career and her tenure on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for women in the workplace, in health care, and as equal partners in our country’s future,” said Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. “We are all better because of her. I am devastated by her loss.”
On August 10, 1993, Justice Ginsburg was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice where she served for 27 years.
Minnesota U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement regarding the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Tonight, I join with all Minnesotans in praying for the family and friends of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She dedicated herself to public service on behalf of our country.
Although there are many rulings in which I differed with Justice Ginsburg ideologically, she was a fierce jurist and an honorable public servant. Although she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia differed on judicial philosophy, they are famous for having a close personal friendship. That’s the kind of example we can all profit from in this age of fierce political divisiveness.”
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero.
“She was an icon and a woman way ahead of her time. She opened doors for women at a time when so many insisted on keeping them shut.
“She was the first woman to get tenure at Columbia Law School and showed future women lawyers – like me – that anything and everything was possible.
“And it was never about the power or the prestige. It was always defending the defenseless.
“Lawyers fight for justice. But few lived and breathed that fight like Justice Ginsburg did her entire career. Her dedication to our country’s values and ideals is an example for every American. The best way we can honor her memory is to continue her fight.”