Indiana leaders are praising the legacy of Ariel Sharon following the death of the former Israeli prime minister.
Gov. Mike Pence says Sharon was a soldier and a leader who served his nation in war and peace. Pence says "Sharon dedicated his life to the security and well-being of our most cherished ally and he will forever be remembered with respect by her people and her friends."
Pence and first lady Karen Pence met privately with Sharon during a 2004 congressional trip to Israel.
The Israeli soldier-turned-politician-turned statesman died on Saturday, eight years after a stroke put him in a coma. He was 85.
Republic Rep. Luke Messer says "Sharon was a fearless soldier and strong leader, whose tireless work, influence and legacy will always be remembered."
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