SAN DIEGO — Following the news of Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s death, San Diego-area elected officials took to social media to reflect on the 84-year-old’s life and offer their condolences to his loved ones.
Powell died due to complications from COVID-19, his family said in a statement shared on Facebook Monday.
He was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later U.S. secretary of state, for which he was unanimously confirmed in 2001. Read more about Powell’s life here.
Rep. Scott Peters
“Secretary Colin Powell was a trailblazer who loved his country. His legacy of courage and integrity as a veteran, leader, and devoted public servant will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Rep. Sara Jacobs
“Colin Powell served his country for four decades and inspired millions as the country’s first Black National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones and may his memory be a blessing.”
Rep. Darrell Issa
“Colin Powell — soldier, statesman and strategist — lived an extraordinary life that paralleled the American experience. His compelling presence and leadership style changed both Washington and the world. In private, I knew him as a thoughtful, considered and generous man. RIP.”
Both of California’s senators also shared statements.
Sen. Alex Padilla
“Saddened to hear of the passing of Secretary Colin Powell. He was a trailblazing public servant and patriot who dedicated his life to our nation. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
“My deepest condolences to Alma Powell and the Powell family on the passing of General Colin Powell. He was truly a great statesman and a man of deep integrity.
His life gave inspiration to millions. Rising from humble roots in New York as the son of Jamaican immigrants, he became the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the culmination of a 35-year military career. And he was the first African-American Secretary of State, a position he held for four years.
I hope that people will reflect on his passing and remember a man who served his country with compassion and honor.”
Powell did spend some time in the area throughout his years as an elected official. In 1996, Powell announced then-Senator Bob Dole as running for the presidency at the Republican National Convention in San Diego.
The former secretary of state was also slated to be a keynote speaker in April 2022 at a global summit event in San Diego.