Washington (January 26, 2022) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) released the following statement today after news reports that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer would announce his retirement.


“For decades, Justice Breyer has served on the bench of the highest court with grace, expertise, humility, and an unwavering dedication to justice. He has worked tirelessly to build consensus among his fellow justices, and has always kept in mind the real-world impacts of the Court’s decisions on the American people. Justice Breyer knew that ‘justice for some’ was a failure of the Court, and from his opinions on voting rights, to reproductive rights, to the Affordable Care Act, he has been a key voice in historic decisions that maintain the integrity and legitimacy of our judicial system. We owe him a great debt of gratitude. It is an honor and privilege to call Justice Breyer my dear personal friend, and I wish him the best in his retirement.”