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Sen. Cruz Statement on Justice Breyer’s Retirement, Justice Jackson’s Swearing In

HOUSTON, Texas. – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement after Justice Breyer stepped down and Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the 116th Supreme Court Justice:

“Today, Justice Breyer began his retirement after 28 years on the Supreme Court. Although we often didn’t agree, Justice Breyer was among the last independently-minded liberal justices on the Court, and I have always appreciated his reasoning in Van Orden v. Perry, a case I litigated, where his concurring opinion produced a major victory for religious liberty and was the necessary fifth vote for Texas to prevail. His replacement, now Justice Jackson, certainly has big shoes to fill. Her prior record presents serious cause for concern, but a Justice’s tenure is measured in decades, and I hope that her jurisprudence, and that of the rest of the Court, will be illuminated by the spirit of liberty, and bound by the text of the Constitution.”