Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSupreme Court to hear landmark abortion case this week Roe redux: Is 'viability' still viable as a constitutional doctrine? Yankee Doodling the media: How 'Let's Go Brandon' became a rallying cry against news bias MORE was a “jurist of historic stature” in a statement announcing her death Friday evening.
Ginsburg died of complications with pancreatic cancer at 87 years old.
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Roberts said. “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.”
Friday evening the nation mourned Ginsburg, a liberal firebrand who championed women’s rights throughout her career.
Ginsburg was nominated to the high court by then-President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court and served as a justice for more than 27 years.
Her death instantly sparked a partisan battle among lawmakers over the vacancy on the bench, which comes less than two months before Election Day.
The conservative-majority court has five conservative justices, including Roberts, and Ginsburg was one of the four liberal judges.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears MORE (R-Ky.) has said he intends to bring a nominee up for a vote in the Republican-majority Senate. Democrats are already calling to leave the seat open until next year.