MADISON (NBC 26) — Governor Tony Evers said Thursday he is ordering the United States and Wisconsin flags be flown at half-staff in honor of long-time Senator Herb Kohl.
The governor's office said in a news release that Evers' order begins Thursday until the day Kohl is buried or cremated.
The Herb Kohl Foundation announced Kohl's death Wednesday. The former Democratic senator and Milwaukee Bucks owner was 88.
Evers released the following statement Wednesday on Kohl's passing.
“A Milwaukeean and Wisconsinite through and through, U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl dedicated his life to serving our kids, our communities, our state, and our country. Sen. Kohl was, without a doubt, nobody’s senator but ours. Kathy and I are devastated by the news of his passing. Sen. Kohl was deeply committed to community, kindness, and service to others. Wisconsin’s seniors, students, teachers, and schools, and farmers and rural areas, among so many others, are better off because of his life and legacy, the impacts of which will last for generations. Kathy and I join the people of Wisconsin, friends and colleagues of Sen. Kohl, and the many people whose lives he impacted—both near and far—in offering our sincerest condolences to the Kohl family and the Herb Kohl Foundation in mourning the loss of this Wisconsin giant.”
The governor's office said services for Kohl are set for sometime in January.