Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia:
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, an intellectual force on the Supreme Court, a persuasive proponent of judicial restraint and a faithful defender of the United States Constitution. Justice Scalia was a powerful voice for the rule of law, the separation of powers and originalism, the idea that the law should be interpreted as it is written, in accordance with its original meaning, and not based upon the evolving or subjective opinions of unelected judges. Through his judicial opinions, including his many dissents, Justice Scalia made a significant and lasting contribution to our democracy and our constitutional form of government. I had the privilege of meeting Justice Scalia several times and last spoke to him just a few months ago. On behalf of a grateful nation and the people of Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Justice Antonin Scalia, a true patriot to our country and guardian of our Constitution."