Kemp orders flags to fly half-staff to honor Justice Ginsburg; Local lawmakers react

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ATLANTA, Ga. (WSAV) – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered flags to fly at half-staff on all state buildings and grounds beginning Friday night to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg, a women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday night of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

“Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer, poured her heart and soul into public service, and made a lasting, positive impact on our Great Nation,” Kemp Tweeted. “Our prayers go out to her loved ones and colleagues as they mourn her passing.”

Flags will remain at half-staff through the day of Ginsburg’s interment.

Other local lawmakers took to social media to express their condolences and honor Ginsburg.

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson shared a photo of Ginsburg on Instagram saying, “A modern day Shero has transitioned from labor to reward. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg championed the most divisive social issues of our generation. Our lives are better because of her advocacy. Rest in peace.”

Rep. Buddy Carter Tweeted late Friday, “Amy and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Ginsburg family during this very difficult time.”

Senator David Perdue also joined in mourning the loss of Ginsburg. He issued a statement that said in part, “She grew up in a time when the idea of a woman on the Supreme Court seemed unimaginable, yet with hard work, tenacity, and grit, she blazed a path for all women.”

“Justice Ginsburg’s friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia was an example of rising above ideological differences and finding common good in humanity that should inspire all of us,” Perdue added.

Meanwhile, Senator Kelly Loeffler took to Twitter to send her condolences to the Ginsburg’s family and to express her support of President Donald Trump choosing a new justice before the November election.

“I look forward to supporting a strict constructionist who will protect the right to life & safeguard out conservative values,” Loeffler said.

Over in South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster issued a statement calling Ginsburg “a guiding inspiration for many Americans.”

He went on to say “There is no doubt that her determination and tenacity will continue to inspire future generations.”

Senator Lindsey Graham shared his sadness on social media saying, “Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who possessed tremendous passion for her causes. She served with honor and distinction as a member of the Supreme Court.”

Graham went on to add, “While I had many differences with her on legal philosophy, I appreciate her service to our nation. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace.”

Senator Tim Scott Tweeted, “A respected servant has left us. Her loved ones are in my prayers.”

Scott later issued a full statment adding, “Justice Ginsburg led a life dedicated to her nation. My prayers are with her family. I hope we all learn from the well-deserved praise sent to her tonight…we don’t always have to agree on individual issues to respect and honor a lifetime of service.”

Congressman Joe Cunningham called Ginsburg “one of our nation’s greatest legal minds and a giant in the fight for civil rights and equality.”

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