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Business, government leaders mourn death of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

Margie Manning



Local leaders took to social media to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg within minutes of the Friday night announcement of her death.

Condolences came quickly from the area’s two Congressional representatives.


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered flags flown at half-staff statewide.


“Ann and I send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during this time. She was a trailblazer with a distinguished record of service to her country,” Sen. Rick Scott, a Florida Republican, tweeted Friday night.

“Even those who disagreed with many of her decisions recognize Justice Ginsburg was a woman of extraordinary intellect & an American who had a historic impact on the court & the nation. May she Rest In Peace,” Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida’s senior Republican senator, tweeted.

But the condolences quickly gave way to politics. Shortly after Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would push for a Senate vote on whomever President Trump nominates to replace Ginsburg, Scott said he would back that effort.


St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joined the political fray.


Some local business leaders shared personal reflections, including Alison Barlow, executive director of the St. Petersburg Innovation District.


A Facebook post from Jessica Rivelli, CEO and fonder of Working Women of Tampa Bay, summed up the feelings of many others.


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