Pelosi Statement on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lying in State

September 25, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the lying-in-state ceremony of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“On behalf of the United States Congress, it is my sad honor to welcome so many who loved Justice Ginsburg to this celebration of her life here in the United States Capitol.

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg: petite in size, monumental in impact.  Justice Ginsburg embodied justice, brilliance and goodness.  Her passing is an incalculable loss for our democracy and for all who strive to build a better future for our children.

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an icon, whose towering intellect, tenacity and devotion to our nation’s Founding ideals of equality and justice inspired millions around the world.  We see that appreciation reflected in the countless letters, flowers and tributes that blanketed the front of the Supreme Court after her passing: an extraordinary outpouring of love and support from Americans from across the country.

“Justice Ginsburg’s tireless advocacy in the fight for gender equality leaves a historic, enduring legacy of progress for women, for families and for our entire country.  Her life and leadership cemented the truth that all men and women are created equal.  How fitting it is that she is now the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol, celebrated by Rabbi Holtzblatt, her love of music reflected by Denyce Graves, and respected by Members of Congress of the United States.

“But perhaps most consequential to her was Justice Ginsburg’s love for her family.  Her partnership with her late husband, her beloved Marty, was legendary: distinguished by shared sacrifice and constant support, and filled with boundless love.  And now they are together.

“On the West façade of the Supreme Court, facing the Capitol, are inscribed the words ‘equal justice under the law.’  Justice Ginsburg dedicated her life to that principle – and now, we must continue her work, upholding that same ideal.

“May it be a source of comfort to Jane and James, her grandchildren Paul, Clara, Miranda and Abigail, and loved ones that so many people around the world mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”