Who is Elizabeth Salas? Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s housekeeper gets $40K from her will

Elizabeth Salas even sat just beside then-presidential candidate Joe Biden when Ginsburg's body was lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda in 2020

                            Who is Elizabeth Salas? Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s housekeeper gets $40K from her will
Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks onstage at the Fourth Annual Berggruen Prize Gala celebrating 2019 Laureate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In New York City on December 16, 2019 (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Berggruen Institute)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020. However, her will has now been revealed by TMZ that reported that the former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States gave almost everything from her around $6 million estate to her two children -- Jane and James Ginsburg. But interestingly, she has also left some of her money for her trusted longtime employee, Elizabeth Salas.

Who is Elizabeth Salas?

Salas worked for Ruth for more than two decades. The two women were reportedly very close to each other. Ruth was made an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton. She served on the court until her death due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer in September 2020. Salas started working for Ruth a few years after she was appointed to the Supreme Court.


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According to reports, the housekeeper will get a sum of $40,000 from Ruth’s will. It has been said that Salas had an important place in Ruth’s house and after her death when she was lying in state, the employee was also present there. She apparently even sat just beside then-presidential candidate Joe Biden at the Capitol Rotunda.

The casket of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is carried by an armed services body bearer team through the Rotunda to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol on September 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images)

Who are Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s children?

Jane and James are the two kids of the Justice. Ruth was married to Martin Ginsburg, an internationally prominent tax attorney and later professor at Georgetown University Law Centre, from 1954 till his death in 2010. While Jane is a professor at Columbia Law School, her brother James founded a classical music recording company, called Cedille Records.

Family members of Justice Ruth Bader, including Jane C. Ginsburg (3rd L) await the arrival of the casket at the U.S. Supreme Court where she will lie in repose, on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Ginsburg, appointed to the high court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, died September 18 of complications due to pancreatic cancer. She was 87. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)

In an interview with Variety's Cynthia Littleton in 2014, Ruth had shared an incident from the past that involved Jane. She had said, “Jane was 14 months old when I started law school. There was a break in my day so I worked very hard until 4 o’clock in the afternoon, then I came home and it was Jane’s time. So I would play with this little child and then by the time Jane went to bed, earlier than most children, then I was happy to go back to work. Also I realized there was something else in life beside studying hard in law school. I realized that in a devastating way when this little child of mine was creeping along the floor and (suddenly) she has a mouth full of mothballs. I had just put some sweaters away in the drawer. I had to take her to the Cambridge City Hospital to get her stomach pumped. I can remember hearing her screaming. That really brought home to me that there are things in life other than law school. Each part of my life was a respite from the other. Taking care of Jane was fun and reading to her was fun. Two totally different lives that I was living at the time, each one was a respite from the other.”

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during the Cinema Cafe with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Filmmaker Lodge on January 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Regarding James, Cedille Records’ website states: “As the President of Cedille Records, Jim Ginsburg oversees all of Cedille’s releases, producing most of them, and its operations. Living in Chicago, Ginsburg noticed that he was not able to find recordings of the local artists he heard in concert because, at that time, American classical music recording activity was largely focused on the two coasts. Founded in 1989, Cedille Records became the only Chicago-based classical label—the first since Mercury Living Presence in the 1950s—and held that distinction for nearly two decades.”

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