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President George H.W. Bush Dies at 94
Saturday, December 01, 2018

Former President George H. W. Bush died on Friday at the age of 94. Several officials have issued comments marking his passing.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

HOUSTON - Statement by Mayor Sylvester Turner on the death of President George H.W. Bush:

"George H.W. Bush served with valor and integrity as the 41st president of the United States. But to Houstonians he was one of our most esteemed and relatable neighbors. He and his wife Barbara Bush were our sports teams’ biggest fans, and boosters for everything Houston. The Bushes could have moved anywhere after his time in public office, but they chose to return to their beloved city where he started his political career as the chair of the Harris County Republican Party.

“In statesman-like fashion, he knew the importance of reaching across the aisle to find common ground. He backed our bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. He was an equal ally of former election foe President Bill Clinton in helping victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma through the One America Appeal. And I will always be grateful to the Bushes for being kind friends and advisers to me.

“For these reasons and more, I join Houstonians in mourning the death of George Herbert Walker Bush and expressing heartfelt condolences to his children and the rest of the Bush family. May we never forget his service to our country, his call for all of us to be a light to the world, and his loving spirit.”

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett

“The passing of President George H. W. Bush is a loss almost beyond words. Personally, I always considered him my model of public service. As a community, we viewed him and Barbara as treasures. All of us should take time to reflect and realize that a great man has left the Earth, but it is a far better place because he served us. I miss him already.”

Rice University President David Leebron

The following is a statement from Rice University President David Leebron on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush:

“President Bush was a quintessential Houstonian and a remarkable American: generous, hard-working, driven to lead and determined to serve a purpose greater than himself.  He was a gentleman whose kindness and decency were fundamental to his extraordinary character. He served our country and the world in a unique set of roles: as ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. liaison to China, director of the CIA, vice president and ultimately president of the United States. We will always remember and be grateful for the leadership and service of George H.W. Bush.

“The president and his wife, Barbara, were dear friends of Rice University. It was President Bush who bestowed upon the university its proudest moment on the world’s stage: hosting the G-7 Economic Summit in 1990.

“Students who attended Rice in the late 1970s had the honor of taking classes from the future president at what is now Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, where he held the title of adjunct professor of administrative science. A generation later, our graduates of the class of 2000 listened as former President Bush delivered a commencement address in which he reminded students that ‘actions speak louder than words. Words are important, and speaking can be an important part of leading — of rallying the troops. But leading by example, in my mind, is the best way to get things done whether it’s in politics, business, you name it.’    

“On behalf of my wife, Y. Ping Sun, and the entire Rice community, I extend our deepest sympathy to the Bush family, including his grandson, George P. Bush, whom we are proud to call an alumnus of the university.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott tonight issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush:

"The state of Texas mourns with the nation at the passing of one of our greatest Presidents. George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon, he was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity. Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the Bush family in their time of need."

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made this statement today after the passing of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush: 

“Jan and I express our deepest condolences to the Bush family on the passing of our former President,  George H. W. Bush. President Bush was a great Texan whose life and work exemplify public service and love for his country. His lasting legacy will inspire Americans for generations to come.”

George H. W. Bush began his public service as a U.S. Navy pilot in World War II. He began his political career when he was elected Chair of the Harris County Republican Party. He was elected to the U.S. House and served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Director of the CIA. He served as Vice President from 1981 to 1989 and was elected President in 1989. He and his late wife Barbara were the parents of two governors and a U.S. president. He was the grandfather of Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

AUSTIN  – Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement this morning as the world mourns the death of President George H.W. Bush: 

"I join all Americans and Texans in mourning the passing of a true patriot and fine president, George H.W. Bush. Across six decades, President Bush served his country courageously and selflessly. His impact on the global stage, our nation and Texas history will be his single greatest legacy to future generations. And we will forever cherish the memory of the love he shared with his beloved Barbara, who preceded him in death. President Bush was an inspiration to all of us and he will be greatly missed."

United States Senator John Cornyn

AUSTIN— Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after former President George H.W. Bush passed away: 

“Today the nation mourns the loss of a great patriarch who served this country as a war hero, Congressman, CIA Director, Vice President, and President. Just as important, he will be missed by his family as a caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. A truly honorable and gracious man has gone home to God. 

“Having adopted the state of Texas as his home as a young adult, we Texans were privileged to have him as one of our own. President Bush once said, ‘I am a Texan and an American…what more could a man ask?’ I don’t think anyone could have said it better. 

“His uncompromising service to Texas and this nation can never be duplicated or fully quantified, but his impact is unmistakable and his legacy everlasting. I know all Texans and Americans across the country join Sandy and me in mourning a courageous American leader as we send our deepest condolences to the entire Bush family.”

Congressman John Culberson

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) today issued the following statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush:

“Americans are mourning the loss of President George H. W. Bush. He has been a role model to us all for his integrity and his devoted service. America and Texas are stronger because of his selfless sacrifices and his courageous leadership. May God bless and comfort the Bush family."

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