Washington, D.C.— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush:
"My heart and prayers are with the Bush family at this time of great loss. George H.W. Bush's gentle approach called us to the greater good, and his strong example over the years inspired many, me among them, to enter public service.
"Perhaps never has a citizen given his life to service of country in a more noble and unassuming way than he did. He first answered the call of duty in the wake of Pearl Harbor, and America benefited from his service for the eight remarkable decades that followed.
"Despite reaching our Nation's highest office, his story was never of himself. He'd tell you of his love for Bar, how proud he was of his children and how enamored he was by his grandchildren, because George H.W. Bush cared about people more than anything else. His dedication to others and his love for country are why he and his family worked so tirelessly to improve educational opportunities, especially expanding the power of literacy, for all.
"As we mourn, we take comfort in knowing that America now has a 1,001st point of light shining down from the Heavens on us. We thank God for sharing George and Barbara Bush with us for so many wonderful years."