Governor orders flags to fly half-staff for passing of U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings

Posted at 9:53 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 21:53:24-04

Governor Larry Hogan has ordered flags to fly half-staff after it was announced that U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings has passed away.

Before earning his seat as a U.S. Senator, Tydings was a U.S. Attorney leading many prosecutions. He fought for many things such as civil rights, environmental protection, and criminal justice reform. Tydings, later on, served on the University System Board of Regents for 15 years.

Governor Larry Hogan released a statement on the Senator's passing:

“Senator Tydings and his family have made a lasting mark on Maryland. At the age of 90, he was still having an impact on our great state, and he will be deeply missed. The First Lady and I ask that you join us in praying for his family and loved ones," said Governor Hogan.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen also released a statement on the passing of Senator Tydings:

“Today, Maryland lost a favorite son, Joe Tydings. Senator Tydings grew up in a well-established Maryland family but was never afraid to take on the establishment. He cut against the grain and had the courage of his convictions to fight for civil rights, equality, and sensible gun laws in the turbulent 1960s.  His progressive battles cost him his Senate seat in 1970, but his display of political courage was an inspiration to me and many others. In these difficult times, he serves as a powerful example of the best in public service.”

Flags will be flown half-staff on the day of his interment.