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Arizona leaders react to death of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Dec 1, 2023, 11:27 AM | Updated: 2:25 pm

PHOENIX — Arizona leaders produced tributes on Friday after the death of Sandra Day O’Connor, the Grand Canyon State icon who became the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice.

Mayor Kate Gallego, Attorney General Kris Mayes, County Recorder Stephen Richer and State Treasurer Kimberly Yee remembered the impact left behind by her legacy.

An Arizonan through-and-through, O’Connor grew up learning to ride horses, round up cattle and drive trucks and tractors.

As the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and one of six Justices to be unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate, her accomplishments have been bestowed by multiple institutions that have named buildings in her honor.

The Sandra Day O’Connor United States Courthouse debuted in downtown Phoenix in 2000.

Two years later, the Deer Valley Unified School District opened a high school bearing her name in north Phoenix.

Arizona State University renamed its law school after her following her 2006 retirement from the bench.

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton led the Arizona congressional delegation in honoring O’Connor on the house floor on Friday.

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema sent her condolences to O’Connor. She called O’Connor “Arizona’s original cowgirl” who paved the way for many women.

Former Gov. Doug Ducey posted multiple times honoring the late O’Connor.

Even the Arizona Cardinals football team and ASU President Michael Crow offered their condolences.

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Arizona leaders react to death of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor