Cindy and I offer our sincerest condolences to the McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain, an American war hero. Arizona lost an iconic leader last night.

Senator McCain served Arizona and his country for decades - first in the U.S. Navy and then in Congress. He endured the trials of war in Vietnam, suffering greatly as a prisoner of war. He turned his attention to public service, giving Arizona a champion for western issues and worked to preserve American military preparedness.

My first encounter with John McCain was when he ran for the U.S. House for the first time, as an East Valley Conservative. In my encounters with Senator McCain through the years, he was always gracious and respectful to me and my opinions. When I won election to the U.S. House, Senator McCain invited me to his office to talk to me about Congress. He dismissed his staff and mine and we spent more than an hour talking about politics, family, and America. I will always remember that occasion with great fondness.

Our prayers are with the McCain family today.

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