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Florida mourns President George H.W. Bush

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, remembers his father as "the greatest human being."
In this December 2006 photo, former President George H.W. Bush, left, becomes emotional in Tallahassee as he talks about how proud he was of the way his son, then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, handled his defeat in the 1994 race for governor, Monday during a speech at the Capitol. (Times files, 2006)
In this December 2006 photo, former President George H.W. Bush, left, becomes emotional in Tallahassee as he talks about how proud he was of the way his son, then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, handled his defeat in the 1994 race for governor, Monday during a speech at the Capitol. (Times files, 2006)
Published Dec. 1, 2018
Updated Dec. 1, 2018

President George H.W. Bush's most notable connection to Florida was his son, Jeb Bush, the state's governor from 1999-2007.

Jeb Bush posted a tribute to his father, who died Friday night at age 94, on Twitter Saturday morning:

Here's a sampling of other tributes from notable Floridians:

Gov. Rick Scott:  "Today, the world lost a statesman who was the symbol of the highest level of civil commitment and who helped weave the fabric of an America that represents freedom and prosperity. The contributions of George H.W. Bush to our country were beyond that of his presidency. As a Naval aviator and fighter pilot, Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Director of the CIA, Vice President and President, George H.W. Bush dedicated his life to service to our nation and vowed to use his presidency and the power of our nation as "a force for good." I have had the privilege of knowing the Bush family for years and am incredibly grateful to have met such a genuine, gracious and kind man. The United States of America is stronger today because of the selfless service of 41. Ann and I send our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Bush family as they mourn the loss and celebrate the amazing life of George H.W. Bush."

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis:

Sen. Marco Rubio:  "I came of age during the presidency of George H. W. Bush. He was our President when I graduated from high school in 1989. He was the first presidential candidate I ever voted for in 1992. I even dressed as him for Halloween in 1991! It is difficult to fully appreciate a great man in the middle of their time of service, but both then and in hindsight, President Bush was an example of true public service. As a young student and later as an elected official starting out in public life, President Bush's intellect, leadership, and moral courage influenced me greatly.

"He was an American hero of a kind we may never see again. His record of service to our nation has no contemporary parallel. He volunteered for service in World War II, becoming the youngest aviator in the Navy at the time of his enlistment. Then, he went on to serve our nation as a Congressman from Texas, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, chief diplomat in China, Director of the CIA, Vice President of the United States, and President of the United States.

"But beyond his extraordinary record of service, George H. W. Bush deserves to be remembered for the profound personal example he set for all Americans. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He instilled in his family a drive for serving others and giving back to the American people. He continued to show his quality in the latter years of his life, when he devoted himself to charity, befriended his once adversary in President Clinton, and even shaved his head in solidarity with a young cancer patient whose father served in his Secret Service detail. From beginning to end, George Bush's life was a life well lived.

"George H. W. Bush once pledged that he would, 'keep America moving forward, always forward—for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand points of light.' President Bush wasn't just one of those points of light himself, he was among the brightest of them. He has already heard his creator say to him 'Well done my good and faithful servant.' May he rest in eternal peace."

Sen. Bill Nelson:

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano:

Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva:

Former House Speaker Richard Corcoran:

Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg:

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman:

Andrew Gillum:

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami:

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami:

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa: