September 04, 2005

Crapo Mourns Chief Justice's Passing

Rehnquistâ??s long service spanned seven presidents

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo jointed with Americans today in mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, who died Saturday from thyroid cancer. Rehnquist served more than 33 years on the Supreme Court, with 19 of those as Chief Justice. He was the longest-serving Court member since the early 1900s. â??Chief Justice Rehnquist was a classic American success story, from humble beginnings in Wisconsin to military experience during World War Ii to Harvard and Stanford and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court,â?? Crapo said. â??He demonstrated a strong commitment to the law and, even with declining health in recent months, he still remained active in court business. He set an honorable example for all and I appreciate his long service. His legacy will be one of a strong defender of the Constitution; he is undoubtedly one of the most influential chief justices in our countryâ??s history. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones as they mourn his passing.â??