WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Kansas leaders are paying their respects to President George H.W. Bush in Washington this week.
Gov. Jeff Colyer attended the service Monday that included Vice-President Mike Pence, members of Congress and other dignitaries. The Governor served as a White House Fellow in international affairs under President Bush as well as his predecessor President Ronald Reagan.
Colyer recalled the President as putting the people first as well as his belief that everyone could make a difference.
"He was very kind. He was very decisive. This is somebody who thinks strategically about the world, about America's place in the world. And I think that long term view colored everything that he did." Colyer said.
Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall says the 41st President leaves behind an important legacy of getting things done in a civil, bipartisan manner - something he hopes rubs off on the policies of today.
"I think it's this concept, this gentle nature of his, that he actually got more accomplished by not spiking the ball," Marshall said. "You know, as the Soviet Union fell, he welcomed them and he helped them and he reached out to them rather than putting his foot on top of their neck. Because of that, I think it was a much gentler transition into this world we know today."