Governor Scott Walker released the following statement on Saturday after learning of the passing of George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States:

“So sorry to hear of the death of President George Herbert Walker Bush. In 1988, I cast my first vote for President for him. I am proud of that vote today.  He was a true gentleman and our country is better because of his service. Tonette and I send our love and prayers to the Bush family as America mourns the loss of one of our greatest patriots.”

In addition, Walker ordered American flags in Wisconsin lowered to half-staff through December 30 to honor the late president.

Relating to a Proclamation that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin Be Flown at Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for President George H.W. Bush, Former President of the United States

WHEREAS, on November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush, former President of the United States, passed away at the age of 94; and

WHEREAS, President George H.W. Bush served as the forty-first President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, skillfully leading the nation through the end of the Cold War; and

WHEREAS, prior to his presidency, George H.W. Bush served his country with distinction as a naval aviator in World War II, a member of the House of Representatives from 1967 to 1970, Ambassador to the United Nations from 1971 to 1973, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in the People’s Republic of China from 1974 to 1975, Director of Central Intelligence from 1976 to 1977, and Vice President of the United States during the presidency of Ronald Reagan; and

WHEREAS, the people of the State of Wisconsin and the United States mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush, and forever remember a life dedicated to service; and

WHEREAS, federal law at 4 U.S.C. § 7(m) provides that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff for thirty days following the death of a former President of the United States;

NOW THEREFORE, I, SCOTT WALKER, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of this State, do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin shall be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin, beginning immediately and ending at sunset on December 30, 2018.