'A true American hero’: Central Florida reacts to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87.

She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and would be just the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court, following Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who served from 1981 until 2006.

Current and former Central Florida lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have released statements of grief and tribute in response to Ginburg’s death.

See their reactions below:

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings

“It is with deepest condolences I offer acknowledgement of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Perhaps it is now that America will come to understand the true impact that she had on shaping the laws of our land and what she meant to the fight for equality for all. If you are like me and countless others, we celebrate her life and legacy but also ponder who will replace her. Her contributions to American society are immeasurable and remain a beacon of hope for the future. May she rest in heaven!”

Deidré A. Keller, Esq. - Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

“Last night U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed from this world. As we grieve Justice Ginsburg’s passing, I recall the opportunity I had to see her speak this January at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting. She was every bit as brilliant, focused, and gracious as anyone who has read and admired her opinions would expect. Justice Ginsburg was a staunch advocate for the principle of equality under the law and her life’s work stands as a model for all of us who embrace equality under the law and endeavor to use our own lives to continue the work of ensuring that America truly and consistently lives up to that principle.”

Rep. Anna Eskamani

Congressman Charlie Crist

Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, issued the following statement:

“Today we lost a true American hero. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer and a tireless champion of justice and equality. This loss is immeasurable, but we must honor her legacy and keep fighting for justice even in the face of fervent opposition.”

Rep. Val Demings

Attorney General Ashley Moody

Sen. Marco Rubio

Rep. Darren Soto

Sen. Rick Scott

Rep. Stephanie Murphy

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