Governor Newsom Statement on Passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom released the following statement today expressing his condolences on the passing of retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor:

“Jennifer and I extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Justice O’Connor, an esteemed American icon whose historic tenure as the first woman on our nation’s highest court has left an indelible mark on our history.

Overcoming numerous challenges, Justice O’Connor distinguished herself by graduating near the top of her class at Stanford Law School, attaining prominence as the first woman majority leader in the Arizona statehouse, and serving on the Arizona bench before earning a nomination to the Supreme Court by President Reagan. Her nomination garnered broad bipartisan support.

A stalwart advocate for judicial independence and the rule of law, Justice O’Connor was recognized for her discerning and impartial approach. She played a pivotal role at the heart of the Court, contributing to significant decisions such as those reaffirming the right to abortion and upholding affirmative action in higher education.

Rooted deeply in Arizona, Justice O’Connor also served as a vital voice for the entire American West, championing the freedom of states to devise solutions tailored to the diverse needs of our nation.

Justice O’Connor’s trailblazing career opened doors for generations of women in politics and public service, leaving behind an enduring legacy that continues to inspire us all. Our heartfelt thoughts are with her family, colleagues, and friends during this period of loss.”

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