UPDATE: WV, Ohio politicians react to passing of George H.W. Bush

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DALLAS (AP) - Update: 12/1/2018 3:47 P.M.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released this statement following the announcement President George H.W. Bush has passed.

“Gayle and I were so heartbroken to hear of the passing of President George H.W. Bush. The President dedicated his life to our country through his patriotism, his public service and humanitarian efforts. He was a man who put country and citizens before party and politics and will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in our history. It was truly an honor to know him and call him and Barbara friends. While our nation will mourn his loss, and pray for the entire Bush family, I will find joy in the knowledge that he is now in heaven with Barbara, the woman he loved more than anything else in this world. West Virginia will be praying for the entire Bush family and thanking them for the legacy President Bush leaves on this world.”

Update: 12/1/2018 11:30 A.M.

West Virginia and Ohio political leaders have made statements on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush:

U.S, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

“I am so saddened to hear of President Bush’s passing. He was an incredible public servant, statesman, and American. He loved this country and spent his entire life working to protect and promote the principles and ideals we value most. I feel very honored to have known him, and I feel even more appreciative of everything he did for our country. My thoughts are with the Bush family, and I pray that they find peace in the incredible legacy of family and country that he leaves behind. What a life well lived.”

Ohio Republican Attorney General and Governor-elect Mike DeWine:

"Fran and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of a great and good man -- our friend, former President George H.W. Bush. We extend our sympathy and love to his children, grandchildren and great-granchildren.

"President Bush lived a full and fulfilling life, revolving around his touchstones of faith, family and friends.

"President Bush said that the definition of a successful life was in serving others, and he urged Americans to reach out to those in need as part of a 'thousand points of light.' President Bush never stopped helping his fellow Americans, and led the way for volunteer efforts in times of disaster or other events, often partnering with his 1992 political rival turned personal friend, President Bill Clinton.

"President Bush came to Ohio often, and Fran and I were always delighted to be with him many times when he visited the Buckeye State. When were having a picture taken with him and our whole family at Wright Patterson AFB, he noticed that our son Brian had the flap of his jacket pocket turned out. Ever the father, he helped him fix it before the picture was taken.

"President Bush also knew the pain of losing a child, having lost his daughter, Robin, to cancer. When our daughter, Becky, died in 1993, he called Fran and me to express his condolences.

"While we join our fellow Ohioans in mourning, we take comfort that President Bush is now reunited with the love of his life, former First Lady Barbara Bush, and their beloved daughter, Robin, and we are grateful for the life of this good man."

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

“Like most of the WWII generation, and our veterans today, President George H.W. Bush never bragged about his military record. He simply dedicated his life to service, and we are all grateful for his commitment to our country. Connie and I send our deepest condolences to the Bush family, and everyone mourning his loss today, including our friend Rob Portman, who served with President Bush.”

Rep. Bill Johnson, (R-6th District, OH)

“I was saddened to learn this morning of the passing of President George H.W. Bush. There is no doubt that he was a true patriot, someone who loved and served his country in the Navy as part of the Greatest Generation. History has rightly looked back on his term in the White House favorably. And, after he departed Washington, he set an example with his exemplary character that inspired many to be better citizens and to volunteer in their communities. We’ve lost a giant in American history.”

West Virginia Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter:

"Today, our nation and state mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush."

"President Bush lived a life of service to God, his family, and our country. From honored Navy pilot to serving in Congress to President of the United States, President Bush defended and served our country for over seventy years. His character and example inspired countless others to sacrifice, to volunteer, and to serve for the betterment of our nation. We are thankful for his leadership and many years in public service."

"On behalf of the West Virginia Republican Party, we extend our condolences to the Bush family, and pray God's continuing comfort and blessings on them."

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has ordered all U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and commemoration of President George H. W. Bush.


Former President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. became the 43rd president.

The elder Bush saw his popularity swell with the United States' success in the Gulf War in 1991, only to watch it evaporate in a brief but deep recession. The Republican was defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton.

Bush had also been a World War II hero, Texas congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

Only one other U.S. president, John Adams, had a son who also became president