Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement upon the announcement that Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire.

“I commend Justice Kennedy for his many years of distinguished service.  During his thirty years on the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Kennedy often added a unique perspective to decisions in which he was a pivotal vote.

“I look forward to President Trump’s nomination to fill this new vacancy on the high court.  I believe the next justice to the Supreme Court should be one who will uphold the original meaning of the Constitution, judge cases fairly before the Court, and one that has true respect for the Constitution’s place in our system of government and the limited powers it grants.”