ALEC Statement on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018

With heavy hearts and somber souls, the people of this nation linger to reflect upon and mourn the 41st president of the United States of America – George Herbert Walker Bush. His father, Prescott Bush, served as a United States Senator. He stressed upon the young Bush a passion for service – a passion he would continue throughout his life, and he would impress upon his own children as well.

President Bush served the people as a representative in the United States House of Representatives for the 7th District of Texas, as ambassador to the United Nations, as Director of Central Intelligence, as the Vice President, and ultimately as a remarkable President of the United States. During his presidency, he hosted the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) at the White House every year.

President Bush was dedicated to limited government and collaboration. As he said himself, ALEC gets things done. The states will succeed where the federal government was never meant to tread. His message constantly impressed the importance to reign in big government.

“With the breadth of his career in service to the people of this country, President Bush was someone who understood the value of state-based ideas and solutions to the issues we face today. He was the kind of leader unencumbered by prideful notions of credit. He was always comfortable with others leading the way in pursuit of good ideas that were right for the people of this country,” said Lisa B. Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of the American Legislative Exchange Council.