Judge Ruth Ginsburg Named to High Court

By Ruth Marcus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 15, 1993

President Clinton yesterday nominated to the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneer in the development of legal rights for women and a centrist voice on the federal appeals court here.

The Rose Garden announcement concluded an unusually public search for a justice that has dragged on for the nearly three months since Justice Byron R. White announced that he would retire this summer.

Clinton, making the first Supreme Court nomination by a Democratic president in 26 years, praised Ginsburg as a "healer" who could help bring consensus to a court that has become ideologically fractured in recent years.

"Throughout her life, she has repeatedly stood for the individual, the person less well-off, the outsider in society, and has given those people greater hope by telling them they have a place in our legal system," Clinton said.

Ginsburg drew praise from Democratic and Republican senators, who said they foresaw no confirmation problems. But some, like the various interest groups scrambling to brush up on the unexpected choice, said they were unfamiliar with her record.

Senate Minority Leader Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.) called Ginsburg "a good choice" who would likely be "well-received" in the Senate.

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