Congressman Murphy: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Ginsberg broke barriers for women

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. [Courty U.S. Supreme Court collection]

Congressman Greg Murphy issued a statement following Friday night’s news of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, saying her loss will be “deeply mourned.”

Ginsburg died Friday evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old.

Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.

Murphy, a Republican representing eastern North Carolina, said he may not have always agreed with Ginsberg’s legal opinions, “but her service to this country transcended politics.”

“She broke barriers for many female public servants in this country, which cannot be emphasized enough,” Murphy said. “Her legal opinions reflected her deeply held convictions about the Constitution and federal law. Her death will be deeply mourned.”

Ginsberg is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Martin David Ginsburg, died in 2010.

“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said in a statement. “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.”

Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School, according to her biography on the Supreme Court website.

In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. During her more than 40 years as a Judge and a Justice, she was served by 159 law clerks.

A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

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