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 HarrisAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties Conservative commentator rips Shapiro over criticism of people with multiple jobs 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 BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Steve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination We need a climate plan for agriculture 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 SchumerAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down Trump ahead of New Hampshire speech: Lewandowski would be 'fantastic' senator 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 HollenSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility USDA eases relocation timeline as researchers flee agency Fed to launch real-time payments system in 2023 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 LeahyAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions Graham moves controversial asylum bill through panel; Democrats charge he's broken the rules 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 CummingsDemocrats slam alleged politicization of Trump State Department after IG report Senior Trump officials accused of harassing, retaliating against career State Dept. employees Overnight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe 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 ShalalaRepublican Salazar seeks rematch with Shalala in key Miami House district House passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens 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.