President George H.W. Bush died Nov. 30 at the age of 94. Many North Carolina leaders reflected on the lifelong service of our former president and statesman, and a few of those thoughts are included here. To add your own thoughts or remembrances about our nation’s 41st president, visit this story on our website at and leave your comments at the end in the space designated, “welcome to the discussion.”

President Bush was the last of the Greatest Generation to serve as president, and his legacy reflects the values learned through hardship and war: integrity, humility, and honor. He wore many hats during his long career, including Congressman, Ambassador, and Vice President. He also served with distinction as Director of Central Intelligence. As president, he guided America through a pivotal moment in history at the end of the Cold War and the liberation of Eastern Europe. But above all he was a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. And for 73 years, he was a devoted husband to his beloved Barbara, with whom he is now reunited.

— Sen. Richard Burr via statement

He always made the tough decisions and put the nation’s interests first. A true testament to his character was his ability to befriend his old political rivals, a reminder that despite our differences, more unites the American people, including its leaders, than divides us.

— Sen. Thom Tillis via statement

In George H.W. Bush, America had an incredible patriot and leader. Deeply grateful for his life of passionate service to our country, I offer my heartfelt prayers and condolences to the Bush family. May God bless you and bring you consolation in this time.

— Rep. Virginia Foxx via Twitter

President George H.W. Bush was a true statesman dedicated to serving the country he loved and leading the charge for a more compassionate and united world. We are grateful for his commitment to patriotism and public service. May his legacy inspire all of us to work toward a kinder and gentler nation, and may our thoughts and prayers bring comfort to his family.

— Gov. Roy Cooper, who ordered flags lowered to half-staff at state facilities, via statement

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