Wisconsin politicians react to the passing of President George H.W. Bush

MADISON, Wis.(WMTV) Political leaders across Wisconsin reflect on life and legacy of the 41st President George H.W. Bush.

Former Wisconsin Governor, Tommy G. Thompson posted on Facebook Saturday morning saying, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Bush family on the passing of our 41st President. George H.W. Bush was a good friend and we worked together closely on many positive reforms."

Governor Scott Walker ordered flags to half-staff until December 30, 2018 to honor the former President. He also put out a statement Friday night.

“So sorry to hear of the death of President George Herbert Walker Bush. In 1988, I cast my first vote for President for him. I am proud of that vote today. He was a true gentleman and our country is better because of his service. Tonette and I send our love and prayers to the Bush family as America mourns the loss of one of our greatest patriots.”

On Saturday, Governor Walker shared a series of pictures on Twitter highlighting President George H.W. Bush's visits to Wisconsin.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin posted on Twitter Saturday morning saying, "I have a lot of respect for President George H.W. Bush's lifetime commitment to serving our country. His humility and kindness serve as an example for all who follow him in public service. My thoughts are with the entire Bush family."

House Speaker Paul Ryan also shared his condolences in a Tweet Saturday morning, "George H.W. Bush was a man for all seasons: a war hero, statesman, and affectionate family man. In our sadness today, we express our deepest condolences to the Bush family. We give thanks to God for the life of this patriot."