A CLOSER LOOK: Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg — her legacy and what’s next


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, she was 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dec. 17, 2019, file photo Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks with author Jeffrey Rosen at the National Constitution Center Americas Town Hall at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, September 18, at her Washington, DC home. She was 87.

The court said she died from of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg is known as being the more liberal Supreme Court Judge. She was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. Ginsburg was the only second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Election Day is a bit more than 40 days away and a decision whether President Donald Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, her replacement OR if the seat stays vacant until after the election.

“At this point, we’re not sure how this process is going to end up working,” said University of Arkansas Political Science Professor Andrew Dowdle. “It has the potential to be a contested battle over the next few months. When right now, three Republican Senators have already come out to not vote in favor of filling the seat prior to the election of a new president.”

Last week, President Trump released a Supreme Court shortlist. There are three U.S. Senators (R) on the list: Arkansas’s Tom Cotton, Texas’ Ted Cruz, and Missouri’s Josh Hawley.


  • Bridget Bade of Arizona, a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Daniel Cameron of Kentucky, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Paul Clement of Virginia, former Solicitor General of the United States
  • Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas
  • Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
  • Stuart Kyle Duncan of Louisiana, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Steven Engel of the District of Columbia, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice
  • Noel Francisco, former Solicitor General of the United States
  • Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri
  • James Ho of Texas, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Gregory Katsas of Virginia, a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Barbara Lagoa of Florida, a judge on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Christopher Landau of Maryland, United States Ambassador to Mexico
  • Carlos Muñiz of Florida, justice on the Supreme Court of Florida
  • Martha Pacold of Illinois, a judge on the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Peter Phipps of Pennsylvania, a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sarah Pitlyk of Missouri, a judge on the District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Allison Jones Rushing of North Carolina, a judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Kate Todd of Virginia, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President
  • Lawrence VanDyke of Nevada, a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Currently, two of the youngest SCOTUS members are Neil Gorsuch, 53, and Brett Kavanaugh, 55. Both are President Trump appointees.


Her legacy will not be fully understood by historians for decades to come but is every bit important to American history, such as Thurgood Marshall, is that she was a champion of equality. Ginsburg is usually discussed as a champion of women’s rights, but she was more of gender equality. She believed in equality between men and women. She was part of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU.

The tragedy for me is that, unlike Thurgood, she didn’t get to see her legal wishes come to fruition and that involved the 14th Amendment, which provides that people shall be equally protected

University of Arkansas Political Science Professor Janine Parry

Ginsburg had a very distinguished career. She was responsible for many of the changes that ended promoting women’s rights over the course of 1970s and 1980s, even before she was on the Supreme Court.

Professor Dowdle was a Supreme Court Historical Society Fellow 2001 and met Ginsburg in DC, “she talked to us for about an hour and she was an interesting person, knowledgeable,” said Dowdle.

University of Arkansas Political Science Professor Andrew Dowdle


Rep. Steve Womack: I extend my condolences to the family of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, she dedicated her life to public service and was a tough jurist. Prayers to her loved ones, colleagues, and friends.

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