BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The longest serving member of the current U.S. Supreme Court died at the age of 79 Saturday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead while on a hunting trip in Texas. He died in his sleep of natural causes, according to several media reports.
Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He was known for his flamboyant, candid writing style and his conservative voice on rulings.
He leaves behind his wife and nine children.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement Saturday about Scalia's passing:
U.S Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana also issued the following statement about Scalia:
Several other Louisiana officials also posted statements on Facebook, including U.S. Congressman Dr. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana:
U.S. Senator David Vitter, D-Louisiana:
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry:
Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: