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California's top elected officials have responded to the death of Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs with statements celebrating and reflecting on the life and contributions of the Golden State resident.

"Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what a totally independent and creative mind can accomplish," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. "Few people have made such a powerful and elegant imprint on our lives."

Jobs, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, died Wednesday at age 56.

Statements from other current and former statewide elected officials are posted after the jump. Share your own thoughts on Jobs' passing in the comments field below or on the Capitol Alert Facebook page.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom:

"I'm saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was a true visionary who brought out the best in others. His legacy will live on, not only in technology and business but also in the way the world communicates. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Laurene, his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time."

Attorney General Kamala Harris:

"California has lost a great leader with the passing of Steve Jobs. His character, intelligence, and creativity changed how the world works and how the world imagines itself. We are forever grateful and inspired by the gift he has given us. I send my thoughts and sympathies to Laurene and the entire Jobs family."

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer:

"I send my deepest condolences to Steve Jobs' family and friends on this devastating loss. Steve Jobs was a California icon who embodied Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial spirit of creativity and optimism. By revolutionizing communications, he touched the lives of billions of people around the world. He will be sorely missed."

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, via Twitter:

Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us.


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