Local lawmakers react to the passing of George H.W. Bush

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 1991, file photo, President George H.W. Bush talks to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House after meeting with top military advisors to discuss the Persian Gulf War. From left are, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, Vice President Dan Quayle, White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, the president, Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Colin Powell. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

Lawmakers from around the region have shared their thoughts regarding the passing of former President George H. W. Bush.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski released the following statement:

“President George H.W. Bush served his country with honor, from his courageous service in World War II to the decades of public service that followed. I am grateful for his steady leadership and his unwavering commitment to freedom, peace, and the security of the American people.  Dean and I join all Americans in mourning his loss, but we are comforted that he and his beloved Barbara are together again. Our prayers are with the entire Bush family in these difficult days.”

U.S. Senator Todd Young issued the following statement:

“I join all Americans in mourning the passing of President George H.W. Bush – a man with an extraordinary record of service to our country. President Bush modeled exceptional character, humility, and resolve. He was a combat veteran, diplomat, and leader. As a naval aviator, he bravely risked his life in World War II. Before becoming Vice President and President, he served in the House of Representatives, represented our country in China and at the United Nations, and led the Central Intelligence Agency. During turbulent moments in our history, President Bush unified and steadied our nation and our allies in the pursuit of common purpose. He will be deeply missed, and I extend my sincerest condolences to the entire Bush family.”

Congressman Todd Rokita released this statement:

“A member of the Greatest Generation, President George H.W. Bush was a patriot who served his country in WWII and as a public servant.” Our prayers are with his family and loved ones.”

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have directed flags across the state be flown at half-staff for 30 days to honor the former President.

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