Remembering Rep. Jay Powell

With the recent passing of State Rep. Jay Powell, Georgia officials are expressing their feelings regarding the loss.

Representatives Terry Roger, Doug Collins, along with Governor Brian Kemp are among those mourning the passing of Powell.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) recently released a statement following the loss of State Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla).

Collins goes on to state, "Today is a sad day for the state of Georgia and a very hard day for me personally. Jay Powell was not only a respected leader in our state, but more importantly, my friend and brother.

"When Jay was elected to the state house, he was seated next to me on the floor. Over those many hours on the floor, he shared his thoughts about life, law and politics that made me a better person.”

"Jay always had my back even through the storms of politics, which means more than anything. He helped me as a new attorney and provided wise counsel over the years regarding our public service.”

"I saw Jay last Friday night for what I now know was the last time. We talked, we laughed, and we picked on each other as only friends can do. When it came time for the event to start, he hugged Lisa, hugged me and said, 'I love you man, let's talk again soon.' If I had only known it was the last time I would hear his voice and get that needed bear hug, I would have held on just a little bit longer.”

Collins ends the release saying, "I will miss you, my friend."

Representative Terry Rogers took to social media to express his feelings regarding Powell. He writes, “So shocked and saddened by the loss of my good friend Jay Powell. When I first came to the legislature he took me under his wing, and since then he was always there as a colleague, mentor, but most importantly, a friend. Don’t have any words right now, so I’ll just ask for prayers for his family and all of us who loved serving with him. #RULESCHAIRMAN”

Governor Brian Kemp states, “Chairman Powell was a trusted leader and compassionate public servant whose work positively impacted countless people’s lives over the years. His loss is devastating to Georgia. The Kemp family asks everyone to lift up Jay’s loved ones, friends, and fellow legislators in prayer as they try to grapple with this tragedy.”

Rep. Powell passed away Monday, Nov. 25 while he was at a lawmaker retreat at the age of 67.

Media outlets report that Powell suddenly collapsed during the retreat. 

The cause of the collapse and funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.