New England Politicians Respond to Death of Barbara Bush

The former first lady was memorialized by several regional officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker, Sen. Susan Collins, and Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

In this file photo from Friday, March 18, 2005, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks on Social Security reform in Orlando, Fla. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush is in "failing health," a Bush family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old former first lady has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.

Photo via AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Political leaders across New England memorialized former First Lady Barbara Bush as a graceful, compassionate public servant on Tuesday following the announcement of her death. Bush, who was 92 when she passed away at her home in Houston, was the first woman to be the wife of one president and the mother of another since Abigail Adams. A fierce literacy advocate, the former first lady was known to speak her mind, even if it occasionally got her into trouble.

Bush was a prominent fixture at her family’s summer compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, and a children’s hospital in Portland bears her name. Holbrook native Andrew Card, who worked in George H.W. Bush’s administration, told the Boston Globe that the former first lady embodied integrity, and “was notorious for being unvarnished in her critiques.”

Officials throughout New England—including Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who said she first met Bush during her 1994 gubernatorial campaign—shared shared their memories and condolences online.