California leaders honor, remember Sen. John McCain

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Leaders from across California turned to social media Saturday, Aug. 25 to share their thoughts shortly after the news broke that Sen. John McCain had died.

The 81-year-old ran for president twice and was known for his strong presence in the Senate and was once a prisoner of war. He passed away more than a year after he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Orange County Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters, who has an office in Irvine, shared her thoughts on the passing.

State Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said:

“America has lost a patriot and public servant in Senator McCain. He served our country with honor on the battlefields of Vietnam and in the arena of politics. His proven commitment of putting country first will continue to inspire me and many other Americans across the political spectrum. I send my condolences to his wife Cindy and their family as they prepare to lay him to rest.”

Congressman Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, was among many who called McCain a hero:

The mayor of Los Angeles shared:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris called McCain the “conscience” of the Senate:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sen Dianne Feinstein called McCain “a leader, a public servant and a patriot.”


In a Facebook post, former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, also a Democrat, said, “RIP my 24-year colleague, John McCain, who was a force in our nation until the minute he left us. I will always treasure the times we worked together and even the times where we disagreed and duked it out. His voice will be sorely missed in this time when his courage is so needed.”

The Richard Nixon Foundation, based in Yorba Linda, posted photos of McCain with the former president.