WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero.

“She was an icon and a woman way ahead of her time. She opened doors for women at a time when so many insisted on keeping them shut.

“She was the first woman to get tenure at Columbia Law School and showed future women lawyers – like me – that anything and everything was possible.

“And it was never about the power or the prestige. It was always defending the defenseless.

“Lawyers fight for justice. But few lived and breathed that fight like Justice Ginsburg did her entire career. Her dedication to our country’s values and ideals is an example for every American. The best way we can honor her memory is to continue her fight.”