News for Immediate
Nov. 5, 2013
Governor Corbett Orders
U.S., State Flags Lowered Thursday for Former Pennsylvania Congressman Bill
Coyne of Pittsburgh
Harrisburg – Governor Tom
Corbett today ordered all United States and Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol
Complex and at commonwealth facilities in Allegheny County to fly at half-staff
on Thursday, Nov. 7, to honor former U.S. Rep. William “Bill” Coyne.
77, died Sunday in Pittsburgh. A funeral
is scheduled Thursday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Oakland section of
20 years in congress, Representative Coyne shunned the limelight in favor of
quiet, hands-on work on behalf of the citizens of his district,’’ Corbett said.
service harkens to a time when leaders led by deed and worked across the
political divide for the common good. It is an example we would do well to
thoughts and prayers go out to Representative Coyne’s family and friends,’’
a Democrat, served in Congress from 1981 until he retired in 2003, in a
district representing most of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the U.S. House
Committee on Ways and Means.
to his service in Washington, Coyne served as a state representative from 1971
to 1973, followed by six years on Pittsburgh City Council from 1974 to 1980.
shall remain at half-staff until sundown on Thursday, Nov. 7. On Friday, both
U.S. and Pennsylvania flags shall be flown at full-staff. All Pennsylvanians
are invited to join in this tribute.
Media contact: Janet Kelley, 717-783-1116