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Governor Corbett Orders U.S., State Flags Lowered Thursday for Former Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Coyne of Pittsburgh

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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.

Coyne, 77, died Sunday in Pittsburgh.  A funeral is scheduled Thursday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.

“Throughout 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.

“His 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 follow.’’

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Representative Coyne’s family and friends,’’ Corbett said. 

Coyne, 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.

Prior 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.

Flags 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

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