(CNN) - Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, issued the following statement Friday.
Read the statement after the jump:
“Justice Stevens devoted his career to our nation’s judicial system, participating in some of the most important cases in our history. While he and I may have different judicial philosophies, I thank Justice Stevens for his service, and I wish him well in his retirement.
“Our nation deserves a Supreme Court nominee who is committed to deciding cases impartially based on the law, not on personal politics, preferences, or what’s in the nominee’s ‘heart.’ It is my expectation that Senators on both sides of the aisle will work to ensure both a dignified and respectful process for our next nominee.”