New Orleans, LOUISIANA – Governor-elect Janet Mills released the following statement this morning on the passing of President George H. W. Bush:

America has lost a hero and Maine has lost a friend. President Bush dedicated his life to the highest ideals of public service and demonstrated that when men and women of character, integrity, and goodwill seek common ground, the lives of others are improved. President Bush’s achievements are impressive and they are many, but I will most remember him for his kindness, his compassion, and his charity of heart and spirit for all Americans. His life is a model of service worthy of admiration and emulation. Maine and America grieve his loss but we are grateful for his contributions to our nation and for so wholly loving Maine and our people, just as Maine people so wholly loved him and his wife Barbara. I extend my deepest sympathies to President George W. Bush and the entire Bush family.

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