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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement mourning the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia:  

“Justice Scalia did more to advance originalism and judicial restraint than anyone in our time, and it all started with just two words: ‘I dissent.’ The passing of this brilliant jurist is a great loss, but his writings—with their plain language and constitutional moorings—will guide generations to come. A devout Catholic, he was fond of quoting St. Paul, who commanded us to ‘think soberly.’ That Justice Scalia did, always, and our republic is better for it.

“I learned so much from this man. I knew him. I respected him. I looked up to him. We all did. Tonight, Janna and I offer our sympathy and prayers to Justice Scalia’s family.”

Justice Scalia did more to advance originalism and judicial restraint than anyone in our time, and it all started with just two words: "I dissent."

Posted by Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday, February 14, 2016