Carper Statement on the Passing of Former Secretary of State Colin Powell


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement today after learning of the passing of Former Secretary of State and four-star General Colin Powell:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Secretary Colin Powell ­­– a truly decent man and a shining example of what American leadership can be. He was an honorable military official, a principled national security advisor, and a trailblazing secretary of state. Secretary Powell was also an avid advocate for youth mentoring programs – giving back to communities large and small all across our country. Some of my fondest memories with Secretary Powell were when I was Governor of Delaware and had the honor of welcoming him to our state on a number of occasions – none more memorable to me than his trip celebrating student mentoring programs for thousands of young Delawareans. For them and for millions of Americans who for decades looked to his example for leadership, he made a difference. I felt privileged just to know him, and I’ll miss him dearly.”