Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died surrounded by her family in her Washington, DC home at the age of 87. Gingsberg was the longest serving female justice in court history.
Ginsburg, who was appointed to her seat by President Bill Clinton, was the leader of the liberal branch of judges and known for her dissents. The justice consistently voted for progressive policies, and became a popular cultural icon, earning her the nickname, “Notorious RBG.”
Chief Justice John Roberts said about her passing, “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. 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 tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
Ginsburg died from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. In July, Ginsburg said she was fully capable of continuing in her role on the bench, saying, “I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.”
Ginsburg made national news when she commented on President Trump, breaking from the justices precedent of staying out of politics. Ginsburg said Trump was a “faker” who got away with not releasing his tax returns. Later, she said she regretted making those comments.
President Trump will now have the ability to put forward a Supreme Court Justice before the election, relying on the Republican Senate to confirm the judge before November. This vote will further solidify a conservative bench that will have an impact for a generation on laws made in America.