Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2019
Gov. Whitmer Orders Flags Lowered to Honor Former Congressman John Dingell
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, to honor the life and service of ‘The Dean’ of Congress, former Congressman John D. Dingell.
Congressman Dingell dedicated his life to serving his country. He joined the Army when he was 18 years old and fought in World War II before serving 59 years in Congress to become the longest-serving Member of Congress in history.
During his time in Congress, he was elected to serve as Chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. Congressman Dingell played a crucial role in passing some of the most monumental laws of the past century, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act.
The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and selfless service of former Congressman John D. Dingell by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
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 two days after the Congressman’s interment.