Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement on the passing of the Reverend William Franklin Graham Jr. who died at age 99 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina:

“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of the Reverend Billy Graham, a very cherished Christian leader and an exemplary North Carolinian.  Known as ‘America’s Pastor,’ Reverend Graham dedicated his life to proclaiming the Gospel throughout the world.  It is estimated that he reached an estimated 215 million people in more than 185 countries, and many of those millions heard his message and accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.  There is no doubt he was called by God, and he heeded that call as well — if not better — than anyone else ever has.  To say he is one of the most admirable moral and Christian leaders mankind has ever seen is an understatement.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.  Reverend Graham's unwavering commitment to Christ and influence will continue to be felt for generations.”