The longest serving member of the U.S. Congress in the history of the United States, has died.

As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., of Michigan, the president has ordered that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and at all public buildings and grounds, including military posts until sunset, February 9.  Dingell died at age 92.

A portion of the proclamation issued today, is quoted below:

“As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., of Michigan — the longest-serving Member of Congress in our Nation’s history — I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 9, 2019.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”