Ohio leaders pay tribute to George H.W. Bush

Columbus -  Tributes are pouring in from Ohio leaders following the passing of 94-year-old former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

Governor John R.Kasich has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings for the next 30 days.  

Kasich also stated that George H-W Bush "understood the value and power of each of us and that’s why he created ‘a thousand points of light’ to encourage us to come together as a nation and lift each other up.

 Our thoughts are with the Bush family and all those who worked with this great man to make the world a better, safer place.”

Ohio Attorney General and Governor-Elect Mike DeWine said he and his wife Fran are "deeply saddened" to learn of the death of the former President:

"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. "

In Washington, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge released a statement on the passing of George H.W. Bush: 

“Today, the country mourns the loss of President George H.W. Bush.  

His vision, loyalty and love for this country was evident in his life's work as a public servant.

The epitome of patriotism, courage and sacrifice, President Bush believed in the American Dream and our strength as a unified nation free of racism, violence and xenophobia. 

 A true gentleman of integrity, his call for a 'kinder, gentler nation’ is a message that crossed party lines and showed the moral spirit of a wise and humble leader. " 

The elder Bush died Friday evening.  

Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.

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