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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered that flags be lowered in the state Capitol complex and in public buildings and grounds across Michigan to honor the late John Conyers.

Flags should be lowered to half-staff starting Monday — the day of his funeral — through Sunday.

Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, was one of the longest-serving members of Congress and used his influence to push for civil rights. He co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969.

Whitmer says Conyers’ impact on Michigan “will not be forgotten.” She cites his work to spearhead criminal justice and voting rights changes and advocating for civil rights.

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