TN, GA leaders remember former President George H.W. Bush
Lawmakers from across the Tennessee Valley expressed their condolences and shared memories about former President George H.W. Bush.
The former president died Friday night at the age of 94.
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Here are some of the tributes from Tennessee and Georgia leaders:
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam tweeted his statement:
Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee also expressed his condolences:
"President George H.W. Bush was a tremendous public servant and leader and he was an inspiration to anyone who came into contact with him. Maria and I send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the entire Bush family."
Senator-elect Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said the former president will be missed:
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Bush was the only president ever elected for "primarily being nice:"
"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."
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) tweeted about the legacy the former president has left behind:
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) said Bush will be remembered for his leadership:
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 and 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.
Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) posted his condolences on Facebook:
A soft-spoken man, George H.W. Bush towered over American politics. He was the last president to have served in World War II and ushered in the end of the Cold War. He dedicated his life to his country and leaves behind an impressive legacy. My condolences to the Bush Family.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal tweeted about Bush's character:
Gov. Nathan Deal - President George H.W. Bush was an honorable man and a proud American whose character and generous spirit helped to change our nation indelibly and for the better. His devotion to the country he nobly fought for and led was matched only by his profound love of family. While all Georgians join in grieving this national loss, we are comforted in knowing that President Bush is reunited with his beloved Barbara.
@GAFirstLady and I send our deepest condolences to the Bush family and to all those fortunate enough to have known him.
Georgia Governor-elect Brian Kemp tweeted about how Bush led the country through difficult times: