Local lawmakers, others share statements on the passing of President George H.W. Bush

National leaders released statements about former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday, November 30th:

“President George Herbert Walker Bush served this nation in a multitude of roles and always faithfully. From his military service during World War II, his service in Congress, his ambassadorship, his time leading the Central Intelligence Agency as Director, his service as Vice President, and finally his Presidency, he dutifully faced many of the 20 th Century challenges of our country. He leaves a legacy of public service. As Americans, we are grateful for the leadership his life demonstrated and that he is now reunited with his beloved Barbara.” – Rep. Dan Newhouse


Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of the former president. According to a United States proclamation, the flags should be flown at half-staff for 30 days.

“George H.W. Bush legacy is one of true patriotism and service,” Governor Brown said. “Emblematic of the greatest generation, after fighting in WWII, he never stopped serving our county. Dan and I hold his family in our hearts as we mourn his passing.” – Gov. Kate Brown


“From his service in World War II to his work navigating the end of the Cold War, President George H.W. Bush dedicated more than 70 years of his life to our country and to trying to make the world a better place. Countless Americans have been inspired by his leadership, grace, and kindness. My thoughts are with the entire Bush family.” – Sen. Maria Cantwell


“President George Herbert Walker Bush, naval aviator, decorated in his youth for valor in combat, took his experience in war to build a better world as our commander in chief. His service to our nation demonstrated how we as a people can draw on our humility, diversity and devotion to our country to meet every challenge with fortitude and confidence. We will miss him, but at the going down of the day, his example will long guide our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines for how to live life without regret.” – Secretary of Defense James Mattis


“A few months after saying a tearful goodbye to a beloved First Lady, our nation mourns again for President George H. W. Bush.

After a decade of Cold War, President Bush was the face of a new era, a stronger era, with America at the helm. We were tasked with being an example to the world that true prosperity can’t be bought with wars or suppression – it comes from freedom and the opportunity to pursue. Passionate, yet graceful, he fought always for ‘a better America, for an endless enduring dream, and a thousand points of light.

This is a mindset that President Bush carried with him throughout his presidency. In a grand Rose Garden ceremony 28 years ago, he signed into law the landmark legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act. This historic bill gave more than 50 million Americans with disabilities, just like my son Cole, the chance to live the American Dream and be defined only by their potential — not their limitations. I will forever be grateful for his leadership.

President Bush had a storied career of service to our country, even when it meant putting personal ambitions on hold. He loved America, but more importantly, he loved his family. The hole in our hearts left by President Bush and his wife Barbara’s passing is filled with the joy of knowing they now walk with our Creator. May God bless the Bush family.” – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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