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Senate Republicans Express Condolences on the Passing of Sandra Day O'Connor


Friday, December 1, 2023

Senate Republicans Express Condolences on the Passing of Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Arizona State Senate Majority Leader Sandra Day O'Connor

PHOENIX, ARIZONA— Senate Republicans share heartfelt condolences today on the passing of Sandra Day O'Connor. This American icon grew up in southeastern Arizona and became the first woman to serve as Republican Majority Leader for the Arizona State Senate back in 1972. She was later nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Sandra Day O'Connor was an impactful conservative and a trailblazer who displayed the epitome of a hardworking public servant, a dedicated mother, and inspired many women to pursue leadership roles within the legislative and judicial branches of government," said Senate President Warren Petersen. "She broke barriers throughout her career, becoming the first woman to serve as Majority Leader for Republicans at the Arizona State Senate and setting the stage for others to follow in her footsteps. The example she set on civil discourse is to be admired. We're saddened by the loss of this icon, and our hearts go out to O'Connor's family, but we take comfort in knowing she'll have lasting positive impacts on our state and nation for generations to come."


For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

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