Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away today. He was 79 years old. Several Mississippi leaders issued the following statements:
Governor Phil Bryant:
"Justice Scalia was the greatest legal mind of our time and will be missed by all who love this nation and what it stands for. On a personal note, I will miss our duck hunts in the Mississippi Delta. He enjoyed our great state and its people. Mississippi has lost a friend."
Secretary of State Gilbert Hosemann:
I had the privilege to be with Justice Scalia when he was duck hunting in the Mississippi Delta. We have lost an intellectual icon and a good man. Those of us who believe in the Constitution lost our strongest champion. Lynn and I are sick over this news.”
Senator Roger Wicker:
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves:
One of my fondest personal memories of Justice Scalia was a turkey hunting trip to Warren County, Mississippi, during one of his many visits to our beautiful state," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. "Justice Scalia was one of the most consequential legal minds to serve our country during my lifetime. In addition to being one of our most brilliant and distinguished Supreme Court Justices, he was extraordinarily generous, humble, and engaging. At a time when it is often difficult to find someone to admire in Washington, Justice Scalia is right up there with the guy who appointed him, President Reagan, as someone for whom I have great respect and admiration. Elee and I pray for his family and our country as we mourn this tragic loss of one of America's legal giants