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Zell Miller, former Georgia Governor and U.S. senator, remembered as a ” true statesman,’ ‘visionary’ by the colleagues

Former Georgia Sen. Zell Miller died Friday at the age of 86.

(Reuters)

Zell Miller, former Georgia Governor and U.S. senator, will be remembered as a “true statesmen” and a “visionary” for his only HOPE-scholarship-program, in addition to other achievements, from those who knew him. He died on Friday at the age of 86.

Miller’s grandson, Bryan Miller, confirmed in a statement that his grandfather “died peacefully, surrounded by his family.”

“The people in Georgia have lost one of our finest public servants,” he added.

Miller died after treatment for Parkinson’s disease, according to the statement.

A life-long Democrat, Miller served as Georgia’s Governor in the 1990s and later in the U. S Senate from 2000 to 2005. Miller, as you know, the HOPE program, lottery-created-funded-scholarships, during his two terms as Governor.

Miller, who served in the Marine Corps in the early 1950s, was also the main speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 1992, as a sitting U.S. senator and a Democrat, the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Read on for a look at the reactions of Miller’s death.

Vice-President Mike Pence, spoke at an event in Georgia on Friday, said that the difference in cell “will have an impact in the life of this great state and the life of the country, to come to this country for generations.”

Zell Miller has devoted his life to public service and serve this country. He was a U. S Marine, a Governor, a U.S. Senator. And the difference that it will have an impact in the life of this great state and the life of the country, to come to this country for generations. pic.twitter.com/axtgwDaTPY

— Vice-President Mike Pence (@VP) March 23, 2018

“It is with a heavy heart that Sandra and I offer Shirley, our deepest condolences on the passing of your devoted husband, a cell. Georgia is a darling and a true state man has lost, and I lost a dear friend,” Gov. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., said in a tweet.

It is with a heavy heart that Sandra and I offer Shirley, our deepest condolences on the passing of your devoted husband, a cell. Georgia is a darling and a true state man has lost, and I lost a dear friend. (1/3)

— Governor Nathan Deal (@Governor-Deal) 23. March 2018

In a series of following tweets, offer added that “Zell’s legacy is unmatched and his achievements in public service are countless” later, that “the marrow cell made in his private life as a dutiful son, a loving husband & proud father & grandfather—are the ones of which I’m sure he was very proud of it.”

Cell’s legacy is unmatched and his achievements in public service are countless. Without question, our country and our people are better off because of him. (2/3)

— Governor Nathan Deal (@Governor-Deal) 23. March 2018

But the marrow cell made in his private life as a dutiful son, a loving husband & proud father & grandfather—are the ones of which I’m sure he was very proud of it. I had the honor to serve in the Senate, and appreciated his counsel for decades. May God bless him and keep him.

— Governor Nathan Deal (@Governor-Deal) 23. March 2018

Teresa Tomlinson, mayor of Columbus, Georgia, said in a tweet that she was listening to “very sad”, from Miller’s past.

I am very sad to hear about the passing of former Governor Zell Miller. Legions of GA young adult college education were granted, because of his visionary HOPE scholarship program. My deepest condolences to his family, friends & colleagues, dealing with this loss. pic.twitter.com/ntua9ldKLv

Teresa Tomlinson (@Mayor Tomlinson) 23. March 2018

Rep., Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., said in a tweet that Miller ‘ s “has contributed to the leadership, generations of young Georgians to build a future for themselves and our state.”

I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former Governor Zell Miller. His leadership has helped generations of young Georgians to build a future for themselves and our state

— Drew Ferguson (@RepDrewFerguson) 23. March 2018

“Georgia and our nation a true statesman have lost,” Rep. Karen trade, R-Ga., said. “He was a man of principle, which I admired very much,” she added.

Georgia and our nation a true statesman have lost. Zell Miller served our state as a Senator and Governor. He was a person of principle, I admire deeply. May he rest in peace.

Rep. Karen Handel (@RepKHandel) 23. March 2018

Rep., Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., Miller said “our state and nation, who served with integrity.”

Zell Miller, former Governor and U.S. Senator, served our state and nation with integrity. We thank him and his family for a lifetime of service. Our prayers are with you.

— Barry Loudermilk (@RepLoudermilk) 23. March 2018

“Zell Miller touched the lives of many as a teacher, Marine, officer, and friend. In the course of his career, the cell is a strong advocate for the value of public education and made it his mission to ensure that Georgia students have had the opportunity, for the pursuit of a college degree,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., tweeted.

Zell Miller touched the lives of many as a teacher, Marine, officer, and friend. In the course of his career, the cell is a strong advocate for the value of public education and made it his mission to ensure that Georgia students have had the opportunity, for the pursuit of a college degree. (1/2) https://t.co/H5x7g93Z5p

— David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) 23. March 2018

Since Zeller the work, which have been on the HOPE scholarship, 1.8 M, Georgians will be able to attend a public College or University in GA, which may not be able to otherwise. His legacy will live on through you. We pray for the Miller family during this very difficult time. (2/2)

— David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) 23. March 2018

“With the adoption of the Zell Miller of Georgia has lost its best officers, and I have lost a good friend. I don’t know who influenced the life of the Georgians more than the cell,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said in a statement via E-Mail to Fox News.

“I don’t know who influenced the life of the Georgians more than the cell.”

– Sen. Johnny Isakson

“His Marine Corps values of patriotism and loyalty led to his career in the service of his state and his country. Zell and Shirley always, Georgia will be the first family. I Appreciate Your Friendship. Dianne and I keep the Miller family in our prayers,” he added.

Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle said in a statement that one of the “great honors of my time in public service, he was under Governor Zell Miller.”

Nita and I send our heartfelt condolences to Karin and the entire Miller family. Rest In Peace, Governor. pic.twitter.com/GBkgeuigWG

— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) 23. March 2018

In addition, the Georgia Senate press office announced that Cagle and Senator John Wilkinson, R-Ga., asked for a moment of silence in memory of Miller.

Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., said that Miller’s contributions to the peach state, “legendary.”

It is with deep sadness, the passing of my dear friend & partner, Zell Miller. His contributions to the GA are legendary in so many ways, especially as the author of the GA’s Hope Scholarship program. We like all inspired to continue his very effective legacy of service.” pic.twitter.com/K13sZT9HLk

— David Scott (@repdavidscott) 23. March 2018

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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