Former Senator Conrad Burns Dead: REACTIONS
Former Senator Conrad Burns passed away peacefully in his home today.
Burns spent the morning having coffee with friends, sharing memories of his service as a U.S. Marine and passed away this afternoon in his chair from natural causes.
No details are available yet on a memorial service.
Governor Steve Bullock on the passing of former United States Senator Conrad Burns:
“Tonight, Lisa and I join Montanans to pay respect and celebrate the life of Conrad Burns,” said Governor Bullock. “Conrad was a dedicated public servant and a fierce advocate for Montana - especially rural Montana - in the United States Senate and at home, with an unrivaled sense of humor to boot."
Senator Jon Tester on Senator Conrad Burns:
“The very first time I met Conrad was at the Montana Agri-Trade Exposition in Billings. I had listened to his broadcasts on the radio for years, but I’ll never forget hearing that powerful voice from across the room. Sharla and I send our thoughts to the entire Burns family and people of Montana as we remember the life of a man who loved this state. Conrad’s service to our nation as a Marine, County Commissioner, and United States Senator will be forever remembered in history.”
Senator Steve Daines released the following statement on his passing:
Senator Daines revised his statement. (original found below)
"Conrad Burns left a legacy as a faithful husband, father, Marine, and Senator who loved Montana and his country. He passed away with his boots on, active and engaged until the very end, and will be dearly missed. God bless you, Conrad."
“Conrad passed away with his boots on, active and engaged until the very end.”
Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte:
Today, we lost a great statesman and a great Montanan. Anyone who knew Conrad knew how much he loved and cared for our great state. And anyone who knew Conrad loved his wit and his one-liners. Conrad Burns was a leader who worked tirelessly for the interests of Montana. He will forever be remembered.