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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks Honoring The Life And Legacy Of Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the passing of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Last week, America lost a towering figure of the 20th century, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Through her life, her work, and her legacy, Justice O’Connor forever changed the nature of the Supreme Court; she was the first woman to ever hold the solemn title of Justice.

And with every case she oversaw, and every opinion she authored, Justice O’Connor carried out a historic role with integrity and distinction. She moved our country forward in so many ways: protecting women’s rights, protecting clean air, protecting voting rights, fighting discrimination.

I can’t help but reflect on her calm and steady presence on the court, even in the most tumultuous of times and the most divisive of cases. That presence was so needed during her tenure, and she will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Justice O’Connor’s family and loved ones.