Statement on the Retirement of Justice Kennedy

June 27, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:

“I would like to thank Justice Kennedy for his 43 years of public service to our country and wish him well in his much deserved retirement. Nominating justices to the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of any president. In fact, it is alarming exactly how important the courts have become in recent years — often attempting to legislate from the bench and overstepping the boundaries of the judiciary. It is extremely important that presidents nominate strict constructionists to the court who closely adhere to the Constitution and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.”

“There were numerous 5-4 decisions on key issues during this past Supreme Court session that touched on topics like freedom of speech, assembly, and religion. One vote on the opposite side of any of those key issues would have severely limited the freedom we enjoy in this country. That is why nominating and confirming the right kind of justice is so important.”

“Justice Gorsuch’s nomination shortly after President Trump was sworn into office was nothing short of a complete victory for the Constitution, and I am confident that the President will select someone of similar legal qualifications and values to replace Justice Kennedy.”