INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Area politicians paid tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the pioneering Supreme Court Justice who died in Washington, D.C. at age 87 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Indiana governor Eric Holcomb issued a statement: “As a pioneering woman who triumphed in life, fighting for equality and justice for all Americans, tonight Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes her place in heaven. She leaves an everlasting legacy for which we can all be proud. Janet and I send heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Ginsburg family.”
Holcomb also directed flags to be flown at half staff in Ginsburg’s memory.
Indiana Senator Todd Young offered these thoughts: “As Americans mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we remember her extraordinary life. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer in the legal profession, rising to become the second female to serve on the nation’s highest court and earning a special place in our nation’s history. Her commitment to public service will continue to inspire future generations of Americans. I offer my deepest condolences to Justice Ginsburg’s family during this difficult time.”
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker declared, “America has lost an icon and inspiration. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was first a trailblazer and then a bulwark for equality, whether you are a woman, gay, a person of color or disabled. Just as importantly, she was a shining role model for girls everywhere – a testament to working hard and fighting for what’s right. Her legacy will endure, but only if we fight as hard as she did to protect it.
“M.K. and I grieve for Justice Ginsberg’s family, friends and followers — but most of all, our entire nation. Our prayer is that we honor this giant by honoring her fervent dying wish.” Ginsburg’s “fervent” wish, dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera, was that she “not be replaced until a new president is installed.”