California: Governor Newsom Statement on Passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
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SACRAMENTO ~ Governor Gavin Newsom of Sacramento has issued a statement on the passing of retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Newsom expressed his sadness at the passing of an American icon who left a profound mark on history as the first woman to serve on the nation's highest court.

Justice O'Connor graduated from Stanford Law School near the top of her class, and rose to prominence in the Arizona statehouse as the first woman in the nation to serve as a majority leader. She was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Reagan with widespread support from both sides of the aisle.

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Justice O'Connor was known for her discerning and fair-minded approach, and served a pivotal role at the center of the Court, including key votes reaffirming the right to abortion and upholding affirmative action in higher education. She was also an important voice on the Court for all of America's West, championing states' freedom to craft solutions that meet local needs across our diverse country.

Newsom noted that Justice O'Connor opened doors for generations of women in politics and public service, and her legacy is an inspiration to all. He offered his thoughts to her family, colleagues and friends during this time of loss.

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