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Gov. Whitmer orders flags lowered to honor former state representative

Posted at 3:41 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 15:41:03-04

LANSING, Mich. — The life and service of former State Representative Don Gilmer will be honored Thursday.

Gov. Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday to honor Gilmer's life and coincide with his memorial service, according to a press release.

"Representative Gilmer was a thoughtful leader and advocate for the people of Kalamazoo County and Michigan," Whitmer said. "He worked tirelessly on behalf of Michiganders and his constituents, and our state is better because of his service. My thoughts are with Representative Gilmer's family during this difficult time."

Former representative Gilmer's career in public service started before his election to the Michigan State House in 1976. He was elected to the Kalamazoo County Commission in 1972.

Gilmer also chaired the Appropriations Committee while serving in the Michigan State House. After he left the legislature, he serviced as a lottery commissioner, state budget director, county administrator in Kalamazoo County and on former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's Emergency Financial Panel.

Flags will be returned to full staff on Friday, Aug. 30.

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