Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens

Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens
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Lawmakers paid tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Tuesday evening after the top court announced he had died at the age of 99. 

A leading liberal during his nearly 35 years on the high court from 1975-2010, Stevens played a central role in key decisions, including bolstering laws to protect civil rights, abortion access and the environment. Prior to his judicial career, he served as an intelligence officer during World War II, breaking Japanese radio codes and ultimately earning a Bronze Star.

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“From breaking codes in World War II to breaking down barriers for civil rights, Justice John Paul Stevens lived up to those words above the Court: Equal Justice Under Law. Our nation was better for his service and we mourn his loss,” Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris reacts to supporter who got tattoo of her handwriting Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency Harris campaign releases web video highlighting opposition to death penalty MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted. 

“John Paul Stevens served with integrity and honor on the Supreme Court for over 3 decades. He was a dedicated public servant who put the law and the Constitution ahead of politics. Saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Former public school teacher: Strikes 'wake-up call' for Democratic Party MORE (D-N.J.), a fellow White House hopeful, echoed. 

“Justice John Paul Stevens was a great man and a model jurist: fair, wise, compassionate. A champion for civil rights, equality, and accountability who devoted his life to the ideal of equal justice under law. Our judiciary today needs more like him. He will be sorely missed,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' Democrats vow to push for repeal of other Trump rules after loss on power plant rollback MORE (D-N.Y.) said. 

“At this fraught moment, John Paul Stevens reminds us of what a Justice should be. He cast aside party and applied the Constitution to protect the vulnerable and hold accountable the powerful. His eloquent dissent in Citizens United reminds us of the work still to do,” Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenPelosi, Schumer hit 'flailing' Trump over 'sham ceasefire' deal On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes House Foreign Affairs leaders introduce Turkey sanctions bill MORE (D-Md.) tweeted, referencing Stevens’s opposition to a Supreme Court ruling that lifted limits on political donations by corporations.

“The first vote I ever cast for a Supreme Court Justice was for John Paul Stevens, a true champion of the law, of decency, and of equal justice for all. He is already sorely missed,” Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDemocrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE (D-Vt.) said in a statement. “I’ll miss my conversations with him and all I learned from him.”

“I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. His impact on our nation with his more than 34 years on the Court was immense. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBaltimore mayor looks to rename downtown courthouse after Cummings Cummings to lie in state at the Capitol Gowdy remembers political opponent, good friend Elijah Cummings MORE (D-Md.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, tweeted. 

“John Paul Steven's was a legendary jurist. He was also a father, husband, and war hero who was by all accounts a great man. He lived a rich and long life. May he rest in peace,” Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaLawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds DEA allowed more opioids even as overdose deaths rose | Judge temporarily blocks Georgia abortion law | Three states report more vaping deaths | Dem proposes new fix for surprise medical bills Centrist Democrats fret over impeachment gamble MORE (D-Fla.) said. 

“RIP, Justice John Paul Stevens. A Navy veteran of WWII, he went on to serve on the Supreme Court for 35 years. He lived a life of public service, and I extend my deepest condolences to his family,” Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackLawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Rubio asks White House to delay B Pentagon contract over Amazon concerns   New CBO report fuels fight over minimum wage MORE (R-Ark.) tweeted. 

Stevens is survived by his two daughters, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.