Franken and Klobuchar on Stevens

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken released statements today praising U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Stevens announced today that he’s retiring in late June or early July.

Here’s Klobuchar’s statement:

“Justice Stevens leaves a large and distinguished robe to fill. Although he will be best remembered for his nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court, we also honor his service in the Navy during World War II. Our country owes Justice Stevens a debt of gratitude for his public service in all capacities. He is truly a member of the ‘Greatest Generation.’

“As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to considering the President’s nominee to be the next Supreme Court justice and I hope we will have a productive and civil exchange about that nomination.”

Here’s Franken’s statement:

“Justice Stevens has served on the highest court with distinction for over three decades. But just because he deserves the break, doesn’t mean he won’t be missed. I want to thank him for his extraordinary dedication to our country and our system of justice. I hope that President Obama will nominate a successor who shares Justice Stevens’ values and commitment to the rule of law.”

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