President George W. Bush poses with his father, former President George H. W. Bush, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Several Virginia politicians released tributes to the late President George H.W. Bush.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared flags be at half-staff and said in a statement: “President George H.W. Bush led a remarkable life, marked by his devotion to his beloved wife Barbara, commitment to public service, and unwavering decency to others. May we all take a page from his book. Pam and I extend our thoughts to the Bush family during this time of loss.”

Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s statement read as follows: 

“George H.W. Bush was a class act — a person of tremendous strength and moral character who exemplified the values of public service. There can be no question that his highest commitment was always to our country and to our values — to justice, freedom, and the rights of human beings everywhere. My thoughts are with the Bush family at this time of loss.”

Senator Tim Kaine, Warner’s counterpart, issued the following statement: “President Bush stands as a model of dignity in public service. Whether flying 58 combat missions in World War II, signing the Americans with Disabilities Act, or bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end, he carried his accomplishments with unparalleled humility. He lived a long life devoted to his country, dying old and full of days. I am saddened by his passing, and my condolences go out to the Bush family.”

Virginia’s 2nd District Representative Scott Taylor wrote on Facebook: “A warrior statesman who shall be remembered as a committed patriot, servant, and son of America. History will be kind and deferential to 41. RIP.”