Flags at Half Staff--In Memoriam of Lindy Boggs
WHEREAS, the Honorable Lindy Boggs, who represented the State in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 through 1990, died on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the age of 97;
WHEREAS, Lindy Boggs was born in Pointe Coupee Parish in 1916 and became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of Louisiana, where she served nine terms;
WHEREAS, while a member of Congress, she co-founded the Congressional Woman’s Caucus and became the first woman to preside over a national political convention when she chaired the 1976 Democratic National Convention;
WHEREAS, after leaving Congress and at the age of 81, she was appointed the first female U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican where she served from 1997 to 2001;
WHEREAS, Lindy Boggs lived a life of service, carrying on for those who couldn't and speaking up for those who didn't have a voice in the halls of Congress;
WHEREAS, through her lifetime of service to the State of Louisiana and our Nation, she worked to better the lives of citizens of this State and represent our Nation abroad at the national and international level;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect of the citizens of the State of Louisiana for Lindy Boggs, the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half staff over the State Capitol and all public buildings and institutions of the State of Louisiana until sunset on Friday, August 2, 2013.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 29th day of July, 2013.
Secretary of State