Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans. We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away. 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. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family.
Sen. Ted Cruz
Today our Nation mourns the loss of one of the greatest Justices in history - Justice Antonin Scalia. A champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the Constitution, he will go down as one of the few Justices who single-handedly changed the course of legal history.
As liberals and conservatives alike would agree, through his powerful and persuasive opinions, Justice Scalia fundamentally changed how courts interpret the Constitution and statutes, returning the focus to the original meaning of the text after decades of judicial activism. And he authored some of the most important decisions ever, including District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized our fundamental right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. He was an unrelenting defender of religious liberty, free speech, federalism, the constitutional separation of powers, and private property rights. All liberty-loving Americans should be in mourning.
Justice Scalia's three decades on the Court was one of President Reagan's most consequential legacies. Our prayers are with his beloved wife Maureen, their nine children, and their precious grandchildren.
I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Scalia family after the passing of Justice Scalia. Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice, one of the best of all time. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans' most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.
President George W. Bush
Laura and I mourn the death of a brilliant jurist and important American, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a towering figure and important judge on our Nation's highest court. He brought intellect, good judgment, and wit to the bench, and he will be missed by his colleagues and our country. Laura and I send our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his wife, Maureen, their nine children, and the entire Scalia family
Attorney General Ken Paxton
America today lost one of the finest jurists our country has known in my lifetime, a powerful voice for liberty and a passionate defender of the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution. His passing is a deep loss for our nation. Angela and I will keep his wife, Maureen, his children and his grandchildren in our prayers
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Justice Scalia's service to our country and his commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law will never be forgotten.— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) February 13, 2016
So sorry to hear of Justice Scalia’s passing. He served our nation well for decades. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) February 13, 2016
Pres. George W. Bush on Scalia: “He was a a towering figure and important judge on our Nation's highest court." pic.twitter.com/RUwPvVTdSk— ABC News (@ABC) February 13, 2016
Justice Scalia has passed away. We send our sincere condolences to the Scalia family.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) February 13, 2016
Breaking: Local news carrying unconfirmed reports that Justice Scalia has passed away. We are attempting to confirm.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) February 13, 2016
Devastating lose of Justice Scalia. A legal giant who steered the Supreme Court onto the Constitution. God Bless him.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 13, 2016
SCOTUS Chief Justice Roberts confirms the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. pic.twitter.com/zSuFf3v2v2— Joshua Hoyos (@JoshuaHoyos) February 13, 2016
Justice Scalia was a brilliant man. We had many differences, but he was a dedicated public servant.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) February 13, 2016