Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed on Tuesday that she hopes to remain on the court “as long as” the late former Justice John Paul Stevens, who was laid to rest this week.
Shortly before 99-year-old Stevens’s death on July 16, Ginsburg told him that “my dream is that I will stay at the court as long as he did,” she said during her eulogy for her former colleague. “And his immediate response was, ‘Stay longer!’”
Ginsburg, who is 85, has sat on the court’s nine-member bench for 26 years. She served eight of those years alongside Stevens, who served on the nation’s highest court for more than 34 years before retiring at 90 years old in 2010.
Stevens died in Florida after suffering a stroke. He remains the second-oldest and third longest-serving Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.
Ginsburg has battled with cancer over the past two decades. She has undergone surgery in 1999 for colorectal cancer, a procedure for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and another surgery for lung cancer in 2018.
“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced, with great glee, that I was going to be dead within six months,” she told NPR on Tuesday. “That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now dead himself, and I am very much alive.”
She added: “The work is really what saved me, because I had to concentrate on reading the briefs, doing a draft of an opinion, and I knew it had to get done. So I had to get past whatever my aches and pains were just to do the job.”
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