Gov. Gary Herbert lowers flags in honor of Representative Elijah E. Cummings

Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 17, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah immediately to honor the life and service of Representative Elijah E. Cummings.

The order is in coordination with a presidential proclamation, said a news release from the Office of the Governor.

Flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds from now until sunset on Friday, Oct. 18. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time.

Cummings, the chairman of the House oversight committee that’s one of three panels driving the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, died early Thursday from complications from longstanding health challenges, his office said. He was 68.

The Baltimore Democrat died at John Hopkins Hospital at about 2:45 a.m. EDT.

Cummings had minimally invasive heart surgery in 2017, which led to an infection that kept him in the hospital longer than expected. He was hospitalized again for a knee infection, but said earlier this year his health was fine. He’d been absent from Capitol Hill in recent weeks and hadn’t attended a roll call since Sept. 11.


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