Ruth Bader Ginsburg, long serving Supreme Court justice, died Friday at the age of 87, the Supreme Court announced. The cause of death of complications of cancer.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a press release. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”
Just days before her death, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera, the Daily Beast reported.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Ginsburg served 27 years on the nation‘s highest court, eventually becoming one of its most prominent members.
Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, Ruth Bader quickly distinguished herself, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University, then attending Harvard Law School. She moved to Columbia Law School when her husband Martin took a job in New York City. She graduated first in her class, the Daily Beast said.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Political battle looms
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, NPR says.
Her death could lead to President Donald Trump’s third selection to the nation’s top court. That would give conservatives a 6-3 majority and a virtual lock on most decisions. Though Democrats will surely attempt to block any nominations to hold out for a Joe Biden victory in November.
Sen. Mitch Connell blocked President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court in 2016. He said he would wait until after the presidential election and allow the winner to choose who filled the seat. In May, he said he would not follow the same procedure if an opening happened in 2020, USA Today reported.