WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia‎:

"Justice Antonin Scalia was a ‎passionate defender of our Constitution and one of the most influential legal minds of our time. His nearly thirty years of service on the Supreme Court were marked by a commitment to upholding the principles on which our country was founded. I am deeply saddened by the passing of Justice Scalia and ‎my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Maureen, and their family."