Sen. Mike Rounds remembers President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON - South Dakota lawmakers are paying their respects to the late President George H.W. Bush in Washington this week.

President Bush is lying in state at the U.S. Capitol this week for Americans to pay their respects.

Sen. Mike Rounds said President Bush and the entire Bush family are models for what it means to be public servants.

Rounds found Bush to be a leader who brought people together rather than tear them apart, whether it was Americans or the international community following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Rounds recalled when President Bush was campaigning in Pierre and took questions from South Dakotans.

"I so admired the way that he handled himself in this large group and the way that he looked forward, not antagonizing and not trying to draw differences between himself and the competition, but rather talking about the future of our country," Sen. Rounds said.

President Bush will lie in state until Wednesday. There will be a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral.

Sen. Rounds said he will be in attendance.