Tennessee leaders are responding to the news of the death of former President George H. W. Bush.
Gov. Bill Haslam wrote a statement on Twitter saying, "President H. W. Bush believed public service was a high calling. His life of service inspired all of us to think about what it means to put others before ourselves. His was an extraordinary life and we are a much better nation because of him. Crissy and I send our condolences to the entire Bush family."
United States Senator Lamar Alexander served as President Bush’s Education Secretary from 1991-1993.
Sen. Alexander released a statement saying, "George H.W. Bush may have been the only person ever elected President of the United States primarily by being nice. I have dozens of handwritten notes from him—as do, I suspect, hundreds of Americans. His presidency is increasingly admired for his courage and restraint: for unifying Germany, for making hard decisions that balanced the budget, and for challenging aggression in Kuwait with decisive but measured military action."
U.S. Senator Bob Corker also released the following statement:
"George H.W. Bush’s life was defined by service to the country he loved, and he leaves behind a remarkable legacy,” said Corker. “His selfless service and devotion to family set an important example, not only during his time in elected office but long afterward of what it really means to lead. His character and decency were unparalleled, especially in the way he befriended political foes, reminding Americans that there is always more that unites us than divides us. Elizabeth and I cherish the memories we have of hosting George and Barbara at our home in Chattanooga and join the nation in celebrating the life of a faithful husband, father, grandfather, and statesman."
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) responded to Bush's passing saying, "President George H.W. Bush will be remembered for his steadfast leadership and love for our country and Her people. I fondly recall meeting our nation’s 41st President in October of 1980 during his Vice Presidential bid. I will forever cherish that meeting and our conversation about America’s pastime. George H.W. Bush served our nation in multiple capacities – as Leader of the Free World a veteran of the Greatest Generation – and he will be sorely missed. My prayers are with the Bush family as the world mourns the loss of a truly exceptional American."