Louisiana lawmakers react to Sen. John McCain's death

Sen. John McCain. Photo Facebook via MGN.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE) - Lawmakers across the state of Louisiana have expressed their condolences to the McCain family after Senator John McCain's death Saturday night.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a statement: "“Today, we lost one of our greatest statesmen. Sen. John McCain was an American hero. For sixty years he served this country with honor. His death is a great loss for our country. During his service, more than anything, John McCain always taught us to put country first. When I think back on his extraordinary career, I will remember him as a patriot who never stopped fighting for what he believed in. Donna and I join our prayers to those across the country who will mourn his loss and celebrate his life. Rest In Peace, Sen. McCain.”

Senator John Kennedy also released a brief statement, saying "“I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said every man is born an original, but, sadly, most men die copies. John McCain was born an original and died an original. He was frank. He was passionate. He was tough as a boot. He loved his family, his country and the U.S. Senate. I will never forget his many kindnesses to me when I first joined the Senate. America has lost a favorite son.”

Senator Bill Cassidy also joined the conversation Saturday night. He said "John McCain loved America and sacrificed his freedom and his health to defend it and his fellow service members. Laura and I mourn his passing and our hearts go out to his family for their loss."