NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Attorney General Jeff Landry issued statements Saturday evening after learning of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's passing.
The following is the statement from Governor John Bel Edwards:
"For nearly 30 years, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia served the people of this country honorably. Donna and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss, and we thank them for sharing him with the rest of the country during some of the greatest legal challenges in a generation."
The following is the statement from Congressman Steve Scalise:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of Justice Antonin Scalia's passing. He was a man of deep faith and brilliant intellect who will forever be remembered as one of the greatest conservative thought leaders and defenders of the Constitution who has ever served on the Supreme Court. I considered him a friend and this sad and tragic loss will be felt by everyone who cherishes what is great about America. Jennifer and I offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Justice Scalia's family during this time of deep loss."
The following is a statement from Attorney General Jeff Landry:
"It is with great sadness that I express my condolences to the family of Justice Scalia. Justice Scalia was the head of a Constitutional revival in America and a scholarly mentor to many. Justice Scalia carried the intellectual banner for original intent and strict constructionism. Justice Scalia's passion, knowledge, and respect for the Constitution was second to none. Justice Scalia was an honorable and ethical jurist whose legacy will live forever. Sharon and I will keep Mrs. Maureen, the Scalia children, and their grandchildren in our prayers."