California officials on both sides of the aisle are applauding news that Osama bin Laden was killed by American forces in Pakistan.
See a collection of statements issued by Golden State elected officials and party leaders after the jump.
Gov. Jerry Brown
"Tonight, Americans can be grateful that President Obama brought bin Laden to justice. Our friends as well as our adversaries throughout the world can be assured of America's resolve in combating terrorism and protecting the values of democracy and freedom."
Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom
"On this night of remarkable accomplishment, Californians and Americans everywhere honor our Commander-in-Chief and our brave men and women wearing our nation's uniform and serving our country around the world. We will never forget the despicable legacy of terror that ended today nor the thousands of innocent lives it destroyed. But, now, thanks to the heroism of U.S. intelligence and military personnel, our national family has a true measure of justice and the world is surely a safer place."
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein
"Bin Laden is responsible for the attacks of 9/11 and has been the head of al-Qa'ida and inspirational leader of extremism for more than a decade. His death presents an opportunity for a new and better day if the will is there. I truly hope this will be a turning point in our efforts to defeat global terrorism. The death of bin Laden also provides some measure of justice for the family and loved ones of the nearly 3,000 who lost their lives on 9/11.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer
"Almost ten years ago, after the horrific attacks of 9/11, I voted to go after Osama bin Laden to make sure justice prevailed. Today the world knows that he has paid the ultimate price for what he did. His death doesn't lessen the tragic loss of all those killed by al Qaeda, or the pain of their loved ones, but it closes a chapter on his unspeakable act. I thank the President for his determination and I thank all the brave members of our Armed Forces who risked everything to carry out this mission of justice."
GOP Rep. Jeff Denham
"The tragedy of 9/11 remains close to all of our hearts. Tonight marks a significant step toward ridding the world of radical terrorism and we remain committed to fighting those who promote violence against innocent civilians. I am proud of the brave men and women who have fought for the last decade to rid the world of violent extremism. We will continue the fight to keep America safe."
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa
"Osama Bin Laden's death at the hands of American forces is a fitting end to the world's most notorious terrorist. While we celebrate this accomplishment and express our thanks for the efforts of our military, intelligence agencies, diplomatic corps, and allies we must remain mindful that other dangerous terrorists still remain at large. The killing of Bin Laden should serve as a reminder that those who engage in terrorism should not expect to meet justice at a day in court, but rather at any second of any night wherever they may try to hide. It is also a reminder of tragic losses caused by terrorism and an important time to keep victims and others who have suffered in our prayers."
Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez
"I congratulate our armed forces, intelligence community and President Obama for bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice," said Sanchez. "It has taken nearly ten years to capture Americas most wanted terrorist, and the brave and relentless actions of our military are nothing short of heroic. Tonight my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families who suffered from the horrific events of September 11th. As the global fight on terrorism continues, let this reaffirm that the United States is committed to the relentless pursuit of any and all who seek to do harm to the U.S. and our allies."
Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez
"No American will ever forget the pain of September 11th and the senseless attacks Osama bin Laden orchestrated on our nation. The death of Osama bin Laden is justice for the families of 3,000 innocent Americans killed on that terrible day. I commend President Obama for his leadership in the fight to defeat al Qaeda, and I salute the brave men and women in our military, as well as the intelligence community, for working tirelessly to track down bin Laden and bring him to justice."
Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco
"This is an emotional and historic day for our country and the world. I am proud of our men and women in uniform and the action of our President. I am hopeful that this achievement helps brings relief and closure to those who have lost loved ones at the hands of al Qaeda. As President Barack Obama so eloquently said, the demise of Osama bin Laden should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity."
Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles
"Osama Bin Laden's death and retrieval is an extraordinarily significant event and milestone in our war on terror. Every American remembers where we were on 9/11 and the tragic loss of lives we suffered from those attacks. I was serving as acting Mayor of Los Angeles that day and I recall activating the city's emergency operation center as we heard conflicting news reports of hijacked planes headed to Los Angeles. We later learned that those planes had been tragically used to kill thousands of our fellow Americans in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. Just as we remember where we were on 9/11 and the horror we felt, we will also remember where we were when we heard that Bin Laden had been killed.
California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Becarro
"All Americans stand together tonight pleased and in relief that one of history's worst villains has finally met an appropriate end. While this does not mean that the world is free of the terror he came to represent, I applaud the dedication of our military for seeing this part of the mission to a successful end. I hope for all the world that this important victory means that the course of the War on Terror has changed irrevocably towards the forces of justice and freedom."
Kerri Asbury, president of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County
Today's justice was delivered against a mass murder of innocent Americans, Muslims and our allies. Today's news will not bring back the countless men and women who have lost their lives during and after 9-11, but it will hopefully allow some closure from one of the darkest days in our country's history. Since Barack Obama's election, there have been no terror attacks on our shores and attempts to cause harm have been thwarted. Now, the number one terrorist in the world has been brought to justice. The DPSC is proud to have a Democratic President accomplish these goals in our fight against al-Qaida.