Shaheen Joins Introduction of Bill to Honor Justice Ginsburg with a Monument in the Capitol

March 14, 2021

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and a bicameral group of lawmakers to introduce legislation that would honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s service and dedication to our country by establishing a monument in the U.S. Capitol Complex. 

“Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazing force on the Supreme Court and an unwavering champion for women’s rights and civil liberties. Her unrelenting resolve to strengthen protections for all Americans under the law made our nation better, and her legacy continues to touch the lives of Americans across the country,” said Shaheen. “It would be a fitting tribute to establish a monument in her honor at the U.S. Capitol, and I’m proud to help lead this timely effort as we celebrate Women’s History Month.”

The bill requires the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library (JCL), in consultation with the Senate Rules Committee and the Committee on House Administration, to procure a monument that honors Justice Ginsburg within 2 years of the enactment of the legislation. In honor of Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, the legislation also requires the JCL to consider selecting an artist from underrepresented demographic groups to create the monument.

Joining Shaheen and Klobuchar are Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and the House Democratic Women’s Caucus.

There are currently five sculptures and one painting honoring former Supreme Court Justices in the Capitol.