COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longtime member of the United States Supreme Court, died Friday at the age of 87 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer surrounded by her family in her Washington DC home and Ohio leaders mourn about the monumental loss.
Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and was the second woman to be appointed to the court and served for more than 27 years.
Ohio representative Marcia Fudge (D-Warrensville Heights) said, "America has lost another giant."
America lost another giant. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a lifelong advocate of equality, an unwavering protector of our most vulnerable people, and an unparalleled role model for women and girls in America. My prayers are with her family and in our country.
– Marcia L. Fudge MP (@RepMarciaFudge) September 18, 2020
Ohio representative Tim Ryan (D-Niles) thanked Ginsburg for her service to the country.
A great and devastating loss for our country. Thank you RBG for being a true advocate of justice, gender equality and the rule of law. Your service in our country will never be forgotten. https://t.co/tkXmVv3qYc
– Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) September 18, 2020
Ohio representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) shared a touching tribute, saying it was brave and inspiring, although they disagreed on many of their decisions.
Most of the time I disagreed with her decisions, but she was brave and stood up for what she believed in. She moved and inspired many with her hard-fought, courageous battles against cancer. During this difficult time, I would like to express my deepest condolences to your family.
– Bill Johnson (@RepBillJohnson) September 19, 2020
Ohio representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) made the following statement:
I am speechless by the tragic death of the intrepid and beloved judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg has her enduring legend engraved on the country's laws as one of four women to ever serve on the Supreme Court. As an advocate for gender equality and civil rights, she leaves a legacy that is rarely seen in a generation.
Because of her service as a wise, gifted legal intellect and incisive justice, she experienced generations of social progress that were once thought to be unimaginable. She fought tirelessly every day of her life for marginalized people to lock in their dying breath. It is a national treasure and a blessing to be remembered and celebrated as long as this nation exists. My prayers are with her and her family.
Ohio representative Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) expressed condolences to Ginsburg's family.
Marcia and I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She served our country on the Supreme Court for 27 years.
– U.S. Representative Bob Latta (@boblatta) September 19, 2020
Ohio representative Troy Balderson, R-Zanesville, said Ginsburg had "served our nation with honor".
Very sad to have heard of the death of the Ginsburg Supreme Court this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with loved ones. She has served our nation with honor.
– Congressman Troy Balderson (@RepBalderson) September 18, 2020
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court issued the following statement:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg used her considerable talents to fight for equal legal protection for all, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual identity, disability or national origin.
America has lost a lawyer with a conscience, really consistent beliefs, courtesy, sense of humor, and love of the law.
America has lost a guiding star.
I, along with so many who admired and respected RBG, am truly devastated by her death. May she rest in peace.
Ginsburg is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren: Paul Spera (Francesca Toich), Clara Spera (Rory Boyd), Miranda Ginsburg, Abigail Ginsburg, two stepchildren grandchildren : Harjinder Bedi, Satinder Bedi and a great-grandchild: Lucrezia Spera.
Her husband Martin David Ginsburg died in 2010.
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