Brown, Kasich Issue Statements on Scalia’s Passing

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Two of Ohio’s political leaders have issued statements after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich saluted Scalia as “an essential, principled force for conservative thought.” Kasich also added that Scalia’s “dedication to the Constitution and love for and service to our country will be deeply missed.”

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown mentioned Justice Scalia’s thirty years of service to the High Court and offered his condolences.

Scalia was a strong conservative voice on the court and was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

His death leaves the court with eight members – Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Justice Elena Kagan.

A political battle has begun over Scalia’s potential replacement. President Barack Obama said this weekend he intends to announce Justice Scalia’s replacement “in due time.”

The replacement must be confirmed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, which may be a steep climb for the President.