Justice Scalia on Texas: “I Do Fit Right In Here”
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday that if he weren’t a Virginian he’d “probably want to be a Texan.”
Swearing in new Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht before a packed state House chamber, Scalia said, “I do fit right in here.” That came in response to Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who suggested in an address moments earlier that Texas and its fiercely conservative politics suited Scalia.
“We welcome you to Texas, sir,” Perry told Scalia to applause. “You would fit right in.”
Scalia was appointed to the nation’s highest court in 1986, which makes him the longest-serving justice currently on the court. He now has come to Texas to administer the oath of office to the state’s last three Supreme Court chief justices but joked that Hecht has been on the court since 1988 before assuming his new role.