Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2020
Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags to Honor Former State Sen. Jack Faxon
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Sunday, January 12, 2020, to honor the life and service of former state Senator Jack Faxon and coincide with his memorial service.
“Senator Jack Faxon was a true statesman in every aspect of his life,” Whitmer said. “He was a caring individual who wanted to make the greatest impact that he could in everything that he did. His legacy will live on through the lives he touched and his work in the community. My thoughts are with Senator Faxon’s family.”
Former Senator Faxon was a native of Detroit. He attended Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. In 1964, he was first elected to represent the 15th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, and later represented the 7th District in the Michigan Senate. With a background in teaching, he served on the Appropriations Committee for Education.
Faxon was selected to serve at the state’s Constitutional Convention at the age of 25. He was one of the last living delegates to the convention.
Senator Faxon passed away on January 9 at the age of 83. His funeral service will be held at Hebrew Memorial Chapel in Oak Park on Sunday, January 12 at 11:30AM.
The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor, and selfless service of Senator Jack Faxon by lowering flags to half-staff within the State Capitol Complex. To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Monday, January 13, 2020.