Gov. Northam orders Virginia state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Posted at 9:18 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 21:18:34-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Following orders from Gov. Ralph Northam, all Virginia state flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg, a longtime justice on the nation's highest court, died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Just the second woman to serve on the nation's highest court, Ginsburg has served in her seat since being appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Northam issued the following statement in the wake of Ginsburg's death:

It is with the deepest sadness that Pam and I mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a giant on the court, a brilliant legal mind, and an unwavering beacon in the fight for equal justice and gender equity. Justice Ginsburg’s eloquence and passion made the world better and fairer—that includes ensuring my alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute, admitted women as cadets. Her loss leaves a tremendous void on the Court and in this country. May her legacy in the pursuit of justice live on, and may her memory be a blessing.
Gov. Ralph Northam

A number of politicians from Virginia also offered their condolences.