Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she intends to stay on the Supreme Court for the next five year.
“I’m now 85,” she said. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years.”
She has also hired law clerks for the next two terms – a sign that she plans to be on the court until 2020.
Ginsburg is a survivor of both colon cancer and pancreatic cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 4% of people live five years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
In January, she told the audience at a Sundance “Cinema Talks” conversation that “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here.” Her health is “very good,” she added.
She is a longtime supporter of LGBTQ equality, joining the majority in landmark cases like Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, United States v. Windsor, and Obergefell v. Hodges.
If, in five years, a Republican is in the White House, the Supreme Court could have as many as six justices who oppose LGBTQ equality. Or, if Trump loses re-election, her resignation could ensure another liberal justice succeeds her.