October 18, 2021

Manchin Statement on the Death of General Colin Powell

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the death of General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Gayle and I are saddened by the death of General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and longtime public servant. General Powell led by example and was the inspiration for a generation of Americans. He left behind a legacy that will live on in the hearts of those who serve our great nation. Gayle and I often refer to the five promises every adult should make to a child to help them be successful – a caring adult in their life, a safe space to grow, a healthy, nutritious start, educational opportunities, and the opportunity to give back to their community. This is a sentiment we learned from General Powell and his wife Alma through their leadership of the America’s Promise Alliance. He led our nation through difficult times and blazed a path through his leadership and service as the first Black Secretary of State, first Black national security advisor and first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His most important role was as a dedicated father, grandfather and husband. Gayle and I will keep Alma and their three children in our prayers as they mourn their loss.”