Politicians react to passing of Nancy Reagan

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First Lady Nancy Reagan wearing trademark red dress. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — In Illinois and nationwide, political leaders took to social media Sunday to mourn the passing of one of the nation’s most influential First Ladies, Nancy Reagan.

Reagan, who spent eight years in office alongside President Ronald Reagan, died on Sunday at the age of 94. Her death resonated with several politicians from both sides.

“Nancy Reagan will always be remembered for confronting drug abuse,” Said Sen. Kirk in a tweet. “I join the nation in mourning her death. May she rest in peace.”

Wrote presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Twitter, “Today our nation mourns the loss of Nancy Reagan, a true example of integrity and grace. My prayers are with the entire Reagan family.”

President Jimmy Carter, who preceded Ronald Reagan as the 39th president, said in a statement that Nancy Reagan would “always be admired for her strength of conviction and her lifelong devotion to her husband.”

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump tweeted Sunday, “Nancy Reagan, the wife of a truly great President, was an amazing woman. She will be missed!”

Sen. John McCain wrote that “Nancy Reagan was an example to us all of graciousness, loyalty & dignity,” adding, “RIP.”

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who are vying for the Democratic nomination, also shared their thoughts on Sunday.

The White House released a statement as well, which read:

Nancy Reagan once wrote that nothing could prepare you for living in the White House.  She was right, of course.  But we had a head start, because we were fortunate to benefit from her proud example, and her warm and generous advice.

Our former First Lady redefined the role in her time here.  Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.

We offer our sincere condolences to their children, Patti, Ron, and Michael, and to their grandchildren.  And we remain grateful for Nancy Reagan’s life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again.