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Conservative US supreme-court justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in his bed while spending the weekend at a Texas ranch on Saturday morning. The state’s leading Republicans have paid tribute to his life and work.

Constitutional hero
I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Justice Scalia from the entire Republican Party of Texas.
Justice Scalia was a man of integrity who fought to uphold our constitution every step of the way. We are deeply saddened by this news.
Tom Mechler
Texas GOP chairman
Austin

Champion of individual liberties
America suffered a major loss with the passing of US supreme-court justice Antonin Scalia. He was an unwavering champion of our constitution and the rule of law. Justice Scalia said what he meant and undoubtedly meant what he said.
A man of principle and a true constitutional textualist, his legal opinions followed the text of what constitutional authors wrote and not the wavering notions of the day.
Perhaps no other jurist coming before, or after, Justice Scalia will have a better understanding of the separation of powers or the importance of protecting states’ rights or sanctity of individual liberties. But the enormity of finding his replacement will impact us all.
My thoughts and prayers are with Justice Scalia’s wife, Maureen, and his family.
Dan Patrick
Texas lieutenant governor
Austin

Passionate defender of freedoms
America today lost one of the finest jurists our country has known in my lifetime, a powerful voice for liberty and a passionate defender of the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the constitution.
His passing is a deep loss for our nation. My wife, Angela, and I will keep his wife, Maureen, his children and his grandchildren in our prayers.
Ken Paxton
Texas attorney general
Austin

Unmatched example for all
Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot and an unwavering defender of the written constitution and the rule of law. He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the constitution.
His fierce loyalty to the constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers but for all Americans.
We mourn his passing and we pray that his successor on the supreme court will take his place as a champion for the written constitution and the rule of law.
My wife, Cecilia, and I extend our deepest condolences to his family and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Greg Abbott
Texas state governor
Austin

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