Washington, DC – Today, Representative Gregory W. Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the death of Secretary Colin Powell:

“I am extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Secretary Colin Powell, who was a remarkable public servant and respected foreign policy leader.  A New York native of immigrant parents, Secretary Powell never forgot who he was or where he came from.  He was the first African American to serve as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Secretary of State.  His life was an inspiration to many. 

“His contributions to our nation and his modernization efforts at the State Department will impact generations to come. My prayers are with Secretary Powell’s family and loved ones at this time.”