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Flags Lowered April 19 in Honor of Former Governor Joe Brennan

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Governor Janet Mills has ordered that the United States and State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff statewide tomorrow, Friday April 19, in honor of former Maine Governor Joseph E. “Joe” Brennan. Governor Brennan will be laid to rest following a funeral service tomorrow at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Governor Mills previously issued the following statement honoring Governor Brennan’s life and legacy:

Maine and the nation have lost a great public servant, and I have lost a friend. Through five decades of public service – as a state legislator, County Attorney, Attorney General, Member of Congress, Federal Maritime Commissioner, and as Maine’s 70th Governor – Joe Brennan never stopped working to improve the lives of Maine people. The proud son of Irish immigrants, Gov. Brennan’s career was guided by the core values of hard work, fairness, friendship, and a drive to help those who needed a helping hand, values which he learned growing up on working class Munjoy Hill in Portland.

Governor Brennan’s philosophy was perhaps best summed up by the slogan featured on one of his campaign buttons: ‘every one counts’. On behalf of the people of Maine, I extend my deepest condolences to Joe’s wife Connie, his children, JB and Tara, and the entire Brennan family.

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