The following statements on the passing of former state Sen. Georgia Powers were provided to WAVE 3 News and are reproduced here in their entirety.
Governor Matt Bevin:
"On this day of her earthly passing, we pause to reflect upon and celebrate the extraordinary life of Kentucky Senator, Georgia Powers. She will long be remembered for breaking down barriers to advance the cause of civil rights here in the Commonwealth and across our nation. At a volatile time in our history, she became the first African American elected to serve in Kentucky's Senate. In her role as a legislator, she boldly fought discrimination and dedicated her life to making her community and state better for all citizens. May history be forever mindful of, and may all Kentuckians strive to emulate, her courage, conviction, and willingness to serve."
Congressman John Yarmuth:
"Georgia Powers leaves behind a city and Commonwealth that are fairer and offer more opportunity because of her lifelong dedication to the fight for justice. Generations of Kentuckians have benefited from the sacrifices she made on the front lines of protests and the trail she blazed—as both the first woman and first African American elected to the Kentucky Senate. As we strive to build on the difficult work of creating a more equal society, her inspiration continues to lift us and show us the way. Louisville has lost a great champion today, but her legacy will live on, in our community and beyond, forever. I am honored to have called her a friend. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time."
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes:
"I am deeply saddened today after the passing of my dear friend, Sen. Georgia Davis Powers. I will miss her grace, wit, and most of all, courage. She brought each of those traits to her work – serving as the first female and African American state senator and as a brave champion for civil rights in our country. Kentucky and our nation is a better place because of her. Let us each carry on her passion for equality for all."
Mayor Greg Fischer:
"Our city, our state and our country mourn the passing of Senator Powers, whose legacy and leadership helped build a greater Louisville and a stronger Commonwealth. Her compassion and dedication to ensuring a level playing field for all people -- and her willingness to always stand up for what was right -- inspired me and generations of people."
House Speaker Greg Stumbo: