Kansans mourn the passing of Sen. John McCain

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FILE – In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Legislative budget analysts say a possibly doomed Republican health care bill would mean a first-year loss of $1.7 billion of funding for Arizona for the Medicaid eligibility expansion and the health exchange. McCain says […]

Kansas politicians and lawmakers are mourning the passing of Arizona Sen. John McCain. He was 81. He died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer.

Here are several of the statements: 

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran:

“John McCain was a true American hero, whose sense of duty to our nation led to a lifetime of dedicated public service. First as a naval aviator serving in Vietnam, his honor led him to refuse early release ahead of his fellow American POWs. Then as a member of Congress and presidential candidate, John remained steadfast in his principles, always seeking to do what he thought was in our nation’s best interest. There has been no better advocate for our servicemembers and veterans than John and it was an honor to work closely with him on achieving the most significant VA reform Congress has passed in decades with the VA MISSION Act. This could not have been possible without his leadership and knowledge, and it was fitting that the bill was named after him.

“John was a friend and an example to me and many others. He leaves behind a legacy of courage and conviction – I hope we all can reflect on these values as we work together to heal and advance America. Robba and I are praying for John’s wife, Cindy, their children and grandchildren, as well as John’s mother, and we thank them for sharing John with us for so many years.”

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts:

“Senator John McCain was a friend. He was a patriot, a hero and a leader. He never shied away from a battle, from what was right and what was best for our country. Godspeed John. Thank you for a lifetime of service. Franki and I are praying for his family and friends.”

Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole:

“Elizabeth and I join the nation in mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague @SenJohnMcCain. John lived his life with courage, commitment, and dedication to our nation. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with Cindy and the entire McCain family.”

Congressman Ron Estes:

“Susan and I are praying for the family of Sen. John McCain – an American hero who served his country admirably in the Navy and in our nation’s capital. He was dedicated to the people of Arizona, and I hope you’ll join me in remembering the McCain family.”

Governor Jeff Colyer:

“Senator McCain will long be remembered for his years of dedicated service to our nation,” said Gov. Colyer, “We are grateful to him for his devotion to this country and send our deepest condolences to his family as they grieve his passing today. May God be with them all during this difficult time.”

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