Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2021
Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags to Honor Former Senator Donald Eugene Bishop
Lansing, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday, June 5 to honor the life and service of former State Senator Donald Eugene Bishop. The flag honors will coincide with his funeral service.
"I'm saddened to hear of the passing of former state Senator Donald Bishop," Governor Whitmer said. "Donald was a well-respected public servant whose dedication to Michiganders will not be forgotten. I extend my deepest condolences to my former colleague Congressman Mike Bishop, his family, and their loved ones as they lay him to rest."
Bishop was born on February 27, 1933. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Oberlin College and Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Bishop served as a state representative in the Michigan House from 1967 to 1970, and as a state senator in the Michigan Senate from 1971 to 1982. He served as minority floor leader from 1979 to 1982.
Bishop passed away on Friday, May 28 at the age of 88 years old.
The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and selfless service of former state Senator Donald Eugene Bishop 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 on Sunday, June 6.