"Sen. McCain established himself as a great statesman, one who pushed to reform the tobacco industry, campaign finance, and he cast the decisive vote to prevent the repeal of Medicaid Expansion, which has provided health care coverage for more than 470,000 Louisianans."

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana to be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all state buildings until sunset on Sunday, September 2, 2018 in honor of American patriot and hero U.S. Senator John McCain.

“Sen. McCain lived an exemplary life in service to his family, state and nation,” said Gov. Edwards. “After volunteering for duty in Vietnam, McCain’s plane was shot down and he was held captive for more than five years at Hoa Loa prison in North Vietnam.  Determined to continue a life of public service, once he returned home, he went on to represent Arizona in Congress for 35 years. Sen. McCain established himself as a great statesman, one who pushed to reform the tobacco industry, campaign finance, and he cast the decisive vote to prevent the repeal of Medicaid Expansion, which has provided health care coverage for more than 470,000 Louisianans. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of staying true to one’s principles and putting country over politics. Donna and I ask Louisianans to join us in prayer for his devoted wife, Cindy and their family.”

Click here to read the governor’s executive order.

Contributed by the Office of the Governor