Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says Justice Antonin Scalia was an extraordinary American who will be remembered in many ways.
“He was very quick with his opinions. He was very forceful with his intellect, but he was also very welcoming of intellectual debate, of normal discussion, friendship,” Fortenberry said in an interview on CNN. “He was a very rounded person, a person of great character – very devoted to his family, very devoted to his faith, and he was very devoted to our country.”
Fortenberry says while he could be intimidating, Scalia was good at putting people at ease.
“For those of us who knew him on a personal basis, I feel like America lost her grandfather,” Fortenberry said. “He was a stately man, a noble man. He was a great student of our history, our tradition. He brought intellectual rigor to the Supreme Court and in all of his service on the bench. He’ll be greatly missed. He was an extraordinary American.”
An occasional hunting partner, Fortenberry says Scalia was a dedicated family man and serious about his job.
“He had a great adherence to the great American tradition of jurisprudence. He understood our history,” Fortenberry said. “He was consistent in his application of intellectual rigor and case studies, while also trying to move that forward in time and applying those principals to modern day dilemmas and difficulties.”
Fortenberry says Scalia would probably laugh about the debate over whether President Obama or the next president should name a replacement. Scalia, who died February 13th, served nearly 30 years on the U.S. Supreme Court.