Lawmakers react to the passing of President George H.W. Bush

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Lawmakers in Washington are reacting to the passing of President George H.W. Bush, discussing his impact on their states and the country as a whole.

Tuesday, Rep. Roger Marshall (R) Kansas and Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer discussed how George H.W. Bush impacted their lives and careers, as well as his country.

"I think first of all, what he meant to me, was that he was a true gentleman," Marshall says. "And he's our last president that was personally tied to the Great Depression, to World War II. He was part of the Greatest Generation."

That generation, Marshall and Colyer say, changed their world for the better. Tuesday, Eyewitness News spoke with another member of the Greatest Generation, former Senate Majority Leader and Kansas native, Bob Dole after he stood near the casket and saluted his longtime friend.

Dole spoke in part of Bush's character that helped to bring many people together. Marshall says Bush's presidency from 1989 to 1993 was "an era of bipartisanship" as he was able to accomplish several goals working with a Democratically-controlled Congress.

Among Bush's accomplishments were NAFTA negotiations that remained in place for 20-plus years and overseeing the official fall of the Soviet Union.

Marshall says Bush's gentle nature helped him accomplish much.

"He got more accomplished by not spiking the ball," Marshall says.

Colyer, who worked as a White House Fellow during the Bush administration, says the late president influenced him with his sense of service and his respect for people from every-day Americans and the White House staff to colleagues on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill.

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