Half-Staff Alerts

The State of Texas lost a respected leader with the passing of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Andrew Jackson “Jack” Pope, Jr. Chief Justice Pope had a distinguished career as a jurist in Texas. As a mark of respect for this highly regarded public servant, it seems fitting that flags in Texas be lowered to half-staff.

Therefore, pursuant to Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code and 4 U.S.C. § 7, I do hereby direct the lowering of all Texas and United States flags to half-staff in memory of Chief Justice Pope. Flags throughout the state should be at half-staff from sunrise on Friday, March 3, 2017, the day of his interment, through sunset on Tuesday, March 7. Please notify all pertinent personnel within your agency and other state agency leaders of this directive.

Individuals, businesses, municipalities and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor and respect for this dignified public servant.

Our prayers of comfort are extended to Chief Justice Pope’s family in their time of grief. I urge all Texans to commemorate his life of service to the State of Texas.

Respectfully,

 

Greg Abbott

Governor

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