(WAVY) — The nation is reacting to the news Monday morning of Colin Powell’s death. Lawmakers, many who worked with Powell, are expressing their sentiments and memories, describing him as a man of honor and integrity.
Powell, the first Black U.S. Secretary of State, died of complications of COVID-19. His family added that he had been vaccinated against the virus.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered Virginia flags to be lowered to half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds until sunset on Oct. 22.
President Joe Biden said when he was a U.S. senator, he worked closely with Powell when he served as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Secretary of State. He called Powell a friend and trusted confident.
President Biden’s statement reads, in part:
“Over our many years working together – even in disagreement – Colin was always someone who gave you his best and treated you with respect.
Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all. Having fought in wars, he understood better than anyone that military might alone was not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity. From his front-seat view of history, advising presidents and shaping our nation’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. Time and again, he put country before self, before party, before all else—in uniform and out—and it earned him the universal respect of the American people.”
Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell:
“Colin Powell was a patriot and dedicated his life to serving the United States both in uniform and as a civilian. Over the course of his historic life and career, he exemplified the temperament and leadership that should be the model for all Americans. He treated everyone with dignity and respect, and never put politics before his devotion to our country. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tweeted, “Secretary Colin Powell led with integrity and honor. We’re grateful for his service to our country, and our prayers are with his loved ones. – RC”
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also tweeted sentiments Monday, saying, “Colin Powell was a good and honorable man, and his death is a loss for our country. I was proud to serve under him in the Army during Operation Desert Storm, when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pam and I are saddened by his loss, and send prayers to his loved ones.”
North Carolina Congressman Greg Murphy, MD issued this statement:
“I am saddened to hear about the passing of the first Black U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell. He was a man of integrity and honor, and he will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time.”
Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement:
“The people of the First Congressional District mourn the passing of a great and visionary American, General Colin Powell. General Powell’s 35 years of service in uniform and his four years of civilian service to our federal government have undoubtedly contributed to the greatness of America. General Powell was the epitome of a servant leader. Today, America pauses to honor and celebrate the life, work, and service of this great American.
“To his faithful and beloved spouse, Mrs. Alma Powell; to General Powell’s son and my friend, Michael Powell; to Linda Powell, and Annemarie Powell we extend our heartfelt condolences on your tremendous loss.”