Washington Reacts To Sudden Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

By  //  February 14, 2016

died at 79 years old of natural causes

ABOVE VIDEO: Barack Obama comments on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday at 79. Obama said he intends to nominate a successor for Scalia.

The following is a statement by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. on the death of Justice Antonin Scalia:

On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away.

He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues.

His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement mourning the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia:

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan

“Justice Scalia did more to advance originalism and judicial restraint than anyone in our time, and it all started with just two words: ‘I dissent.’ The passing of this brilliant jurist is a great loss, but his writings—with their plain language and constitutional moorings—will guide generations to come. A devout Catholic, he was fond of quoting St. Paul, who commanded us to ‘think soberly.’ That Justice Scalia did, always, and our republic is better for it.

“I learned so much from this man. I knew him. I respected him. I looked up to him. We all did. Tonight, Janna and I offer our sympathy and prayers to Justice Scalia’s family.”

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of senior Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.There is no question that Justice Scalia lived a life of loyal service to one of the most consequential institutions our Founding Fathers created.

“He understood as well as any public servant that a full and functioning Supreme Court is essential to the survival of our nation of laws, and he worked dutifully to fulfill his role in that process. And as we mourn the loss of a true public servant, we would also do well to ensure that the consequential questions of our time not be left hanging in the balance, twisted by politics, allowing our nation to move forward as our founders intended.”