Politicians across Wisconsin react to former President George H. W. Bush’s death

Following 41st President George H. W. Bush’s death Friday night, Wisconsin politicians are sharing their condolences and memories.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who served as governor during George H. W. Bush’s presidency and went on to serve in George W. Bush’s administration, said in a Facebook post that his thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Bush family.

In a statement, Thompson added, “There was President Bush–a man of great character that our nation truly admired and also the George Bush whom was genuine, sincere and quick-witted that I was fortunate to call a friend. The loss of George H. Bush weighs heavy, may the example he set inspire tomorrow’s leaders.”

Gov. Scott Walker released a statement saying he’s sorry to hear of the former president’s death.

“In 1988, I cast my first vote for President for him. I am proud of that vote today. He was a true gentleman and our country is better because of his service,” Walker wrote. “Tonette and I send our love and prayers to the Bush family as America mourns the loss of one of our greatest patriots.”

Walker issued an order Saturday to lower flags in honor of George H. W. Bush.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson released a statement as well, writing that “Throughout his life, George H.W. Bush fought for freedom and prosperity for all Americans. From his service in World War II as a naval aviator to his efforts organizing international disaster relief, the nation and world will never forget his years of public service.”

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin tweeted that she has a lot of respect for the former president and her thoughts are with the Bush family.

I have a lot of respect for President George H.W. Bush’s lifetime commitment to serving our country. His humility and kindness serve as an example for all who follow him in public service. My thoughts are with the entire Bush family.

— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) December 1, 2018

In a tweet, House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his condolences, thanking God for “the life of this patriot.”

George H.W. Bush was a man for all seasons: a war hero, statesman, and affectionate family man. In our sadness today, we express our deepest condolences to the Bush family. We give thanks to God for the life of this patriot. pic.twitter.com/jBMP5nfEsh

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 1, 2018

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos tweeted as well, sending his “heartfelt condolences to the Bush family from the families throughout Wisconsin.”

Rest In Peace @GeorgeHWBush. We are incredibly grateful for your service to our country. Sending our heartfelt condolences to the Bush family from the families throughout Wisconsin. https://t.co/WNntpLjNcZ

— Speaker Robin Vos (@SpeakerVos) December 1, 2018

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