Jindal orders flags to be flown half-staff in honor of former U.S. representative

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Monday, July 29, 2013 - 4:00pm

Governor Bobby Jindal has issued that the flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of Lindy Boggs until Friday, August 2.

Boggs represented Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 through 1990.

She was born in Pointe Coupee Parish in 1916 and became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of Louisiana, where she served nine terms. Ahe co-founded the Congressional Woman’s Caucus and became the first woman to preside over a national political convention when she chaired the 1976 Democratic National Convention.

At the age of 81, she was appointed the first female U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican where she served from 1997 to 2001.

Boggs lived a life of service, carrying on for those who couldn't and speaking up for those who didn't have a voice in the halls of Congress; she worked to better the lives of citizens of this State and represent our Nation abroad at the national and international level.

Boggs passed away on Saturday, July 27, at the age of 97. 

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