Lawmakers across the country are mourning the loss of former President George H.W. Bush.
Bush died late Friday night at his Houston home, said family spokesman Jim McGrath. His wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018.
In a statement on Twitter, President Donald Trump said, “Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush…”
The president released the following full statement:
Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush pic.twitter.com/qxPsp4Ggs7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence also released a statement, saying in part, “During this difficult time, we send our prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Bush family. We join them and the American people in mourning the passing of this good and great man.”
Kansas lawmakers joined the nation in grieving the loss of the 41st President of the United States.
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran issued the following statement:
“President George H.W. Bush was a steadfast defender of freedom and liberty, from his time in the United States Navy to his many years of service in Congress, as vice president, and as our country’s 41st president. Our nation is grateful for his leadership through periods of conflict and uncertainty around the world. President Bush was a family man whose legacy of faith and service will live on. Robba and I offer our sincerest condolences to the Bush family and we pray that President Bush has been reunited with Barbara, his wife of 71 years, in Heaven.”
Senator Pat Roberts’ thoughts and prayers were also with the Bush family.
Rest In Peace, President George H.W. Bush. @GeorgeHWBush was a WWII hero who dedicated his life to public service. Franki and I are praying for the entire Bush family during this difficult time.— Senator Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) December 1, 2018
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama said simply, “America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude.”
America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018
Former Senator Bob Dole and his wife Elizabeth released the following statement on the death of George H.W. Bush:
“Our nation has lost a cherished servant leader who has truly been the man for all seasons,” Bob and Elizabeth Dole said in a statement. “President Bush answered the call to serve whenever our nation needed him – and we needed him often and in so many important capacities – congressman, vice president, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ambassador to China and as the 41st president of the United States. He brought wisdom, a keen sense of mission and diplomacy, incomparable patriotism, along with compassion and humanity, to each and every assignment he accepted on behalf of the American people.
“We smile when we recall the photographs of President Bush and his beloved Barbara riding their bicycles as they forged new paths of friendship during their years in China or the skydiving adventures to celebrate his birthday. He created the Points of Light foundation to remind us that we each hold the potential to help and inspire others. In retirement, he continued to inspire us, leading by example as he graciously stepped off the world stage, continued to meet with leaders who sought his wise counsel and navigated with courage his final illness. God bless this great man of faith and hold our dear friend close.”
You can read more reaction on social media below:
I already miss the greatest human being that I will ever know. Love you Dad!— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 1, 2018
On behalf of the French people, I convey all my condolences to the American nation for the loss of former President George Bush. He was a world leader, who strongly supported the alliance with Europe. Our sympathy to his family and beloved ones. https://t.co/U3qKLYjUJi— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 1, 2018
George H.W. Bush was a man for all seasons: a war hero, statesman, and affectionate family man. In our sadness today, we express our deepest condolences to the Bush family. We give thanks to God for the life of this patriot. pic.twitter.com/jBMP5nfEsh— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 1, 2018
Hearts are heavy as we bid farewell to President George H.W. Bush. He was a faithful servant to his country whose legacy of leadership & love of homeland became a family tradition, earned him the admiration of Americans & secured him a special place in the memory of every Texan.— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) December 1, 2018
Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. https://t.co/1CYdrIeKmz— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018
The Secret Service sends our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Former President George H.W. Bush. Timberwolf, you defined patriotism and leadership throughout your life of service to this country and you will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/qof2DRNX0B— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) December 1, 2018