RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a statement Thursday afternoon after news broke of global icon Nelson Mandela’s death.
“It is with great sadness that we have all learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the true giants of history. Affectionately known by his Xhosa clan name of ‘Madiba,’ Nelson Mandela lived a life that broke down barriers, tore down walls, and lifted up a nation, a people, and a world. All Virginians can learn from his example, and I encourage the citizens of this state, especially our young people, to take this moment to study the life of Nelson Mandela. He has shown us the incredible good one person can do; he has demonstrated the unique, positive power each life contains. I wish his family, and all the people of South Africa, the very best in these trying times. This is a better world for the long and uplifting life of Nelson Mandela.”
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine also released as statement on Mandela’s death.
“The world has lost a great leader and advocate for equality with the loss of President Mandela but his legacy lives on in a democratic and free South Africa. I join millions across the globe in mourning his passing and hope his life will continue to inspire new generations of leaders to fight for more inclusive and just societies.”
Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) said in a statement that the world has lost one of its most unwavering advocates for freedom, democracy, and equality.
“His life and legacy will always be a source of inspiration for all who seek freedom’s embrace. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family and the people of South Africa,” wrote Scott.