Flags lowered to half staff to honor John Dingell

Posted at 7:56 AM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 16:53:16-05

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Friday to honor the life and legacy of former Congressman John Dingell.

Dingell represented the people of Michigan for nearly 59 years and was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 and served through the end of his term in 2015.

He announced his retirement on Feb. 24, 2014, and was succeeded in Congress by his wife, Debbie, in the following election. He is only one of four people to serve more than 50 years in Congress.

The governor says Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.