U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the passing of Rev. Billy Graham:
“It is with great sadness that Elaine and I note the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham, a man whose God-given gifts and love for souls endeared him to millions and earned for him the title ‘America’s Pastor.’ The son of a dairy farmer, Billy Graham became one of the world’s most trusted men by preaching God’s mercy to the rich and poor alike. His hundreds of crusades spanned more than five decades and spurred countless conversions in America and around the world.
“His kindly manner and unpretentious nature made him a trusted confidant to twelve U.S. presidents, reassuring generations of Americans that their leaders could count on this humble man of God for counsel and support. By standing right in the middle, Billy Graham could reach everyone.
“Over the years, he found solace in the mountain home he shared with his beloved wife Ruth. It was in that very home where he set out on his final journey today, at the age of 99. We’re left with a fitting reminder that, just like the wise man of the Gospel, he built his house on the rock. Millions of Americans are grateful that he did—and are confident that Billy Graham is now alongside his beloved wife Ruth, enjoying their beautiful reward.”