Dingell Statement on the Passing of Colin Powell
Washington, October 18, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement remembering her friend and long-time public servant and leader, Colin Powell:
“ Colin Powell was a statesman who loved this country fiercely. He was a trailblazer – serving this country with love and pride. He believed that public service was the most important job in the world, and he did it right. He treated every person with dignity and respect. His leadership – full of honesty and listening – inspired generations.
“Colin and his wife Alma have been close friends for over 40 years. And I know he would have a message today: get your vaccines. He was vaccinated and still passed away from COVID complications.
“Until his dying day, he opposed the fear and hatred dividing this country. He believed in the American Promise and left that as his legacy. He stood on principle and believed in the good of life – he was one of the most decent men I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. When I would be down, he would tell me to stand tall and fight with everything I have. Colin always had the right words to say, and I am heartbroken about his passing. Sending all of my love to Alma and the Powell family this morning and in the difficult times ahead.”