The nation says good-bye to its 41st president this week, George H.W. Bush, and political leaders from around the world are paying their respects.
Among them were U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, who joined Congress at about the same time Bush was sworn in as president.
“Pat and I are deeply saddened by the passing of President George H.W Bush,” Engel said, in a statement. “We send our condolences to the entire Bush family.
“President Bush’s life was one of service to the country he loved, marked by unfailing patriotism, integrity and decency. From his service in World War II to the halls of Congress, from the thick of the intelligence community to the diplomatic ranks, and finally rising to become our 41st president, George lived a remarkable, uniquely American life.
“As commander-in-chief, he presided over one of the most consequential periods in modern history, as the Cold War ended and the Soviet empire crumbled. In less capable or more reckless hands, this era could have descended into chaos.
“But thanks in large part to George Bush’s deft and patient diplomacy, the world saw a decade in which peace and stability spread across the globe. This is a remarkable legacy.
“He was a kind man, a respected man, and a great leader. He will be sorely missed.”
Bush died Friday at his home in Houston. He was 94.
He’s survived by five of his six children, including President George W. Bush and Florida governor Jeb Bush. His wife, Barbara, died in April.
U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat is moving up in the congressional leadership, earning a unanimous election to serve as whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The caucus continues to have its hands full, especially with the ongoing immigration policy of the Trump administration.