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Local leaders react to passing of Colin Powell

Oct 18, 2021, 9:12 AM | Updated: Feb 23, 2023, 1:27 pm

Secretary of State...

FILE - In this May 21, 2001, file photo, Secretary of State Colin Powell talks with reporters during a news conference at the Department of State in Washington. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Local leaders around the state reflected on the loss of Colin Powell, renowned military leader and first Black US Secretary of State. 

Powell’s family said Monday he died of complications from COVID-19. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was 84 years old. 

State leaders remember Colin Powell

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox shared a painting of the general with well-wishes. 

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, reflected on the legacy left by the fallen leader. 

Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, responded by lauding Powell’s achievements and expressing love to his family. 

Former Utah Congresswoman Mia Love praised Powell’s lifetime of service protecting our country. 

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, validated what he described as the outstanding career decisions of Colin Powell. 

Gen. Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, grew up in New York before joining the Army in 1958. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. 

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Local leaders react to passing of Colin Powell