Pelosi Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

“Our family was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Scalia, who made history as the first Italian American named to the Supreme Court.  Through this community, I saw his pride in his heritage and, more importantly, his dedication to his beautiful family.

“Whether or not you agreed with him, Justice Antonin Scalia served our nation with deep patriotism and distinction on the Supreme Court for nearly 30 years.  He has been one of the strongest voices in the great American debate around our Constitution.  He leaves behind a formidable record of jurisprudence, and a fierce articulation of his understanding of the Constitution.

“My sincerest prayers and condolences are with his wife, Maureen, and his family at this most difficult hour.”