Representative Breen Files Resolution Honoring Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has filed a resolution in the Illinois House of Representatives paying tribute to the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away on February 13, after serving almost 30 years on the nation’s highest court.

“Justice Scalia was the most influential Supreme Court justice of this generation,” said Breen, who is also a practicing constitutional attorney. “Instead of imposing his political spin on our Constitution and laws, Justice Scalia read them as they were written, by the people’s elected legislators. He single-handedly turned the tide of American legal thought, re-establishing the idea that judges are supposed to interpret laws, not make them. He believed that the outcome of a case shouldn’t depend on the subjective politics of the particular judge but on the objective text of the law at issue. Justice Scalia fought tirelessly to return the judicial branch to its proper role in our Constitutional system.”

Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey and earned his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown and his law degree from Harvard. He taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1977 until 1981, when he became the pioneer faculty advisor to the Federalist Society. Scalia was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1982 and to the Supreme Court in 1986.

“I’m honored by the support of my colleagues for this resolution, especially the support of House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, who agreed to serve as the first chief co-sponsor of the measure,” said Breen.