CAMILLA, Ga. (CBS46) Georgia Representative Jay Powell, chairman of the House Rules Committee, has passed away at age 67.
According to Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, Powell collapsed and died during a Caucus Leadership retreat in Young Harris.
Powell was born in Quitman, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1977. He also served as mayor of Camilla before joining the Georgia House of Representatives in 2009.
He represented Georgia's 171st District.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp tweeted his condolences on the passing of Powell:
"Chairman Powell was a trusted public servant and bold leader who made a big impact in his community and the state of Georgia as a whole. Please join us in praying for Jay's family, loved ones, and fellow lawmakers as they mourn his sudden passing."
A statement from State Representative for District 67 Micah Gravley:
"The loss of Chairman Jay Powell is a tough blow to the Georgia General Assembly and the state of Georgia. He was a dedicated public servant, a loving father and husband. I admired him greatly. God bless his family during this painful time."
The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), chaired by State Representative Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain) issued the following statement:
“We are saddened to hear of the unfortunate passing of Representative Jay Powell. As a caucus, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, constituents and all who were blessed to have Rep. Powell in their life. I appreciate his devotion to public service and dedication to all of Georgia. He will be missed.”
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.