Updated, 11:10 a.m. with how long flags will be lowered
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday evening ordered flags to be lowered in honor of former Gov. William Milliken, who died that day at 97.
Milliken was the longest-serving governor in Michigan’s history, serving from 1969 to 1983. He was a World War II combat veteran who earned a Purple Heart. The Traverse City businessman was a moderate Republican, serving in the state Senate, lieutenant governor under Gov. George Romney and finally 14 years as governor.
Whitmer said flags will fly at half-staff for 14 days — one for each year Milliken served as governor, from Saturday through Friday, Nov. 1.*
There has been an outpouring of condolences from bipartisan political leaders across Michigan.
“Governor Milliken was a true statesman who led our state with integrity and honor,” Whitmer said. “He had a unique ability to bring people from both sides of the aisle together for the betterment of Michigan. I extend my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Governor Milliken’s family for their loss.”
Whitmer had previously ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chair of the House Oversight Committee, who died Thursday morning.