Aumua Issues Statement on the Passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

February 16, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Sunday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement on Sunday regarding the sudden passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Amata with Antonin Scalia
Aumua Amata with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a Federalist Society luncheon last year

“The United States lost a steadfast and dedicated public servant today; and it is with a heavy heart that I send my deepest and most sincere condolences to his wife Maureen and their nine children.  I had the pleasure of meeting Justice Scalia on several occasions, and he was always a very kind and gracious man, and in June of last year he gave me an autographed copy of his book “The Art of Persuading Judges”, which I will always treasure.

Justice Scalia served our nation in its highest court with honor and dignity for more than thirty years, and we should thank him for his dedication to preserving the rule of law and his strong belief in the United States Constitution.   Like all good judges who we the people rely upon so heavily to maintain an unbiased opinion, Justice Scalia was unwavering in basing his decisions on the rule of law and the United States Constitution, even when he may have personally disagreed with the issue at hand.  His strong belief and support of the separation of powers in government, and the Tenth Amendment, which places significant decision making responsibility in the hands of the states and people, has helped us to maintain our cherished way of life as Americans.

The United States thanks Justice Scalia for his many years of service and dedication to our grateful nation.  God Bless the United States and American Samoa.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1982, and was 79 years old upon his passing.

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