KERN COUNTY, Calif. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longtime member of the United States Supreme Court, has died.
The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington surrounded by family. She was 87.
"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence, that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice."
Ginsburg has been a justice on the nation's highest court since being appointed by President Bill Clinton.
Ginsburg has been in and out of the hospital for the last several months as she battled cancer. Despite her multiple battles with cancers, Ginsburg remained active on the bench, and participated in a number of important rulings over the summer.
Here's how locals are reacting:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer who served the Supreme Court—and the country—faithfully for 27 years. My prayers go out to her family during this time.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 19, 2020
Senator Shannon Grove:
My deepest sympathies are with those who loved, knew, and looked up to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.— Senator Shannon Grove (@ShannonGroveCA) September 19, 2020
This August marked 27 years of service to our country as a Supreme Court Justice and we mourn her loss, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. pic.twitter.com/g95wv2ImCJ
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer and icon who changed the course of history for the better. We all owe debt of gratitude to Justice Ginsburg and have a responsibility to uphold her standard of excellence and courage in everything we do.— TJ Cox (@TJCoxCongress) September 18, 2020