Whitmer orders flags lowered in honor of Gov. Milliken

Michigan
FILE -This Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 file photo shows Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken before the dedication of the William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor in Detroit. William G. Milliken, Michigan’s longest-serving governor who established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation that made him popular among Republicans and Democrats, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at age 97, a family spokesman said. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

FILE -This Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 file photo shows Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken before the dedication of the William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor in Detroit. William G. Milliken, Michigan’s longest-serving governor who established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation that made him popular among Republicans and Democrats, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at age 97, a family spokesman said. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered at all state buildings and grounds in honor of late Gov. William G. Milliken.

Milliken was Michigan’s longest-serving governor. He died Friday at age 97.

Whitmer said Saturday the flags should be displayed at half-staff on all state buildings, grounds and facilities through Nov. 1. They’re being lowered for 14 days to honor each year Milliken served as Michigan’s chief executive.

Whitmer, a Democrat, called Milliken “a true statesman who led our state with integrity and honor.”

The Republican was promoted to governor from lieutenant governor in 1969 when Gov. George Romney resigned to join President Richard Nixon’s administration.

Milliken subsequently won three elections but didn’t run again in 1982, retiring from politics after 14 years as Michigan’s governor.

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