Kansas politicians pay tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly directed U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of Leavenworth County Deputy Corporal Daniel Abramovitz. who was killed Oct. 30 in a traffic accident. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly directed U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of Leavenworth County Deputy Corporal Daniel Abramovitz. who was killed Oct. 30 in a traffic accident. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Republican and Democratic politicians from Kansas paid tribute to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer, tackling each challenge with passion, dedication and extraordinary intellect,” said U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican.

He said Ginsburg served “with honor and had an historic impact on the court and the nation. Robba and I are praying for her family.”

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, of Topeka, issued an executive order directing that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff throughout Kansas from Friday until the day of burial.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life serving our country with passion and integrity,” Kelly said. “She was an agent for change, an advocate for the voiceless, and her legacy will live on in decisions that made America more equitable for all of us.”

Retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, who is ending a 40-year career in Washington, said Ginburg’s dedication to the nation’s highest court was admirable and her legacy would not be forgotten.

Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican who ran for U.S. Senate rather than seek re-election, said she admired Ginsburg’s strength of conviction and “example of resilience and hope.”

“As a cancer survivor and the first female Senate president,” Wagle said, “I appreciate the path she helped pave and her spirit of survival and determination will be remembered for generations to come.”

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.