Governor Abbott issued this statement early Saturday morning:
"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."
Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19)
“My heart grieves with my friend, President George W. Bush, and his family over the passing of his father, George H. W. Bush.
“President 41 was a great American and one of the most decent men I’ve ever met. He reminded us over the years that loving families are the fabric of a strong nation. He also taught us that public service is a noble calling and that being a gentleman and a politician do not have to be mutually exclusive.
“America is better because of his humble leadership, strong character, and selfless commitment to God, family, and country.”
“Today, American hearts are heavy as we bid farewell to President George H.W. Bush. He will be remembered as a good and faithful servant to his country, whose great legacy of leadership and love of homeland became a family tradition, earned him the admiration of countless Americans, and secured him a special place in the memory of every Texan.
“Over his storied career, President Bush was a war hero and a businessman, a legislator and an ambassador. His time as Vice President prepared him well for the heavy burdens of that highest office, steering our nation through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the First Gulf War.
“President Bush was the last of the Greatest Generation to sit in the Oval Office, but his resolve will not be lost to the past; it will triumph onward. In his words, ‘the old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.’
“Today, George and his beloved Barbara are together, enjoying a well-deserved rest from their labors.
“Today, his spirit joins a thousand points of light with his Creator, by whose brilliance may all our works be illuminated and inspired.”
“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.”