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Iowa Political Leaders Remember Barbara Bush

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Iowa lawmakers are remembering and celebrating a history-making political leader after news of Barbara Bush's death broke on Tuesday evening.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst posted a statement on social media saying Bush would be "sorely missed, but never forgotten."

Fellow Senator Chuck Grassley also took to social media to celebrate Bush's life, and released a statement alongside his wife: 

“Former First Lady Barbara Bush was everything a country could ask for in a First Lady. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate enough to get to know Mrs. Bush, first in Iowa campaigning for her husband, then as Second Lady, and then as First Lady, but always as a friend. In private, Barbara was the same strong, kind, funny and loving woman the nation knew her to be. We will miss her greatly. The entire Bush family is in our thoughts and prayers.” - Sen. Chuck Grassley and Mrs. Barbara Grassley 

One of our state's leaders in the United States House of Representatives also took time to reflect on the life of the former First Lady. Rep. Steve King called Bush a "gracious matriarch of one of America's true political dynasties" through a Twitter post.

The Republican Party of Iowa also remembered Barbara Bush through a post and picture, saying the "country was fortunate to have such a strong and gracious First Lady."

Bush is one of only two women in United States history to be the wife and the mother of U.S. Presidents. The other was Abigail Adams, who was married to John Adams (2nd President) and the mother of John Quincy Adams (6th President). Bush was the First Lady while George H.W. Bush was in office as the 41st President from 1989-1993, and the mother of the 43rd President George W. Bush, who served from 2001-2009.

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