Madeleine Albright's Death Mourned By Both Republicans, Democrats

Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become the United States secretary of state, passed away, and a number of power players in our nation's capital have taken to social media to express their thoughts and feelings on the loss.

Albright died of cancer Wednesday at the age of 84. A statement from her family says she was "surrounded by her family and friends." After word of her passing, several politicians posted words on her life and her death.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote about her early life as a refugee "who fled the Nazis and Soviet Communism." He went on to call her someone who "embodied the American dream" and "a titan in American history" who "inspired women and girls across the globe."

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote that Albright "broke barriers" in her life and inspired others in the process.

"...She was a powerful champion for human rights and democracy, and she inspired generations of future leaders. My heartfelt condolences to her loved ones," Warren posted.

Democratic Florida Representative Val Demmings, in her post, referred to Albright as a "trailblazer" and a "dedicated public servant."

"I had the opportunity to see Secretary Madeleine Albright in action on multiple occasions. She was not only a trailblazer and breaker of glass ceilings, she was a brilliant, passionate, dedicated public servant, who cared deeply for our values and our safety," Demmings wrote.

Demmings' fellow Democratic Congressman, Representative Jerry Nadler called her death a "tragic loss."

"A tragic loss for our nation & the entire world. Madeleine Albright broke barriers as the first woman to serve as Secretary of State. She did so with honor and dignity, championing human rights everywhere. History & the American people will remember her tremendous contributions," Nadler posted.

Amy Klobuchar, former presidential candidate and Minnesota Democratic senator, also commented on Albright's status as a trailblazer. She posted that "it is because of courageous women that like her that we've made so much progress, and so much more is possible."

Several on the other side of the aisle also shared their thoughts on Albright's passing.

Senate Minority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell put out a statement on her passing as well as writing on Twitter that said he was "grieved to learn that our nation has lost former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright."

Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst called Albright "an exemplary diplomat" and a "distinguished public servant." She went on to say that she was praying for Albright's family, concluding that "may she rest in peace."

Marsha Blackburn, a Republican Senator from Tennessee, wrote that Albright "helped pave the way for an entire generation of American women to take their place on the world stage."

Illinois Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger wrote: "From refugee to the first female U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Madeleine Albright was a trailblazer. She was one of the brightest minds we've ever had, a champion for human rights. In mourning her passing, may her incredible legacy continue to inspire us and future generations."

Others outside of Washington D.C. also posted about Albright's passing. Tennis legend Billie Jean King wrote that Albright had a "brilliant mind & a trailblazing spirit."

Actress and singer Barbra Streisand called Albright a "good friend" and a "great woman," saying that she is "so sad" about the loss.

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Politicians posted messages on the life of Albright following her death on March 23, 2022. Above, Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in D.C. on April 27, 2019. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/Getty Images