Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) issued the following statement in remembrance of the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tremendous loss to our country that will be felt for generations. She was a giant of legal doctrine, an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights, and a relentless voice in pursuit of the highest American ideals. 

“I first met Justice Ginsburg in the summer of 1980 at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where she would be confirmed to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. That same summer, in that same hearing, my father, Filemon Vela Sr., was awaiting his own confirmation to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. As an 18-year-old, I was inspired by her tremendous passion and unwavering commitment to causes that drove her to serve on the bench of our nation’s highest court. 

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work, through her landmark opinions and unforgettable dissents, changed America for the better. She was a trailblazer who will be remembered as one of our country’s greatest justices in modern American history.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Ginsburg family and their loved ones during this difficult time. May her memory and legacy drive the next generation of jurisprudence warriors."


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