The U.S. Marshal's Service confirmed Saturday that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a Reagan appointee, died at age 79. Known for his colorful dissents and sharp sense of humor, Scalia served on the nation's highest court for 34 years.
As news broke that the court's conservative mainstay had passed away, politicians across the U.S. released tweets and statements of condolences.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz
This afternoon the President was informed of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The President and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to Justice Scalia’s family. We’ll have additional reaction from the President later today.
Chief Justice John Roberts:
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.
Former President George W. Bush
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont
Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada
Justice Scalia was a brilliant man. We had many differences, but he was a dedicated public servant.- Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) February 13, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas
Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.- Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2016
The totally unexpected loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a massive setback for the Conservative movement and our COUNTRY!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2016
Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York
Sad news indeed. While we disagreed on many issues, Justice Scalia was a brilliant man & a great son of Queens w/ a genuine joy for life.- Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 13, 2016
Sen. Dick Durbin
While our opinions were frequently at odds Justice Scalia remained true to his beliefs in 3 decades of service. My thoughts are w his family- Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) February 13, 2016
Reading a Scalia dissent was akin to reading a Shakespearean sonnet. RIP- Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) February 13, 2016
Sudden death of Justice Scalia is a seismic event, and surely will reverberate in campaign, focusing both sides on stakes.- David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 13, 2016
May Justice Antonin Scalia rest in peace. He was one of the wisest judges in our lifetime, and a good man.- Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) February 13, 2016
Gov. Matt Bevin