Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on Thursday, December 9, 2021, in honor and remembrance of Senator Robert Dole, who represented Kansas in Congress for 35 years, both in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Dole died on December 5, 2021, at the age of 98. Senator Dole is considered a hero of World War II, and an influential force in U.S. politics, seeking the U.S Presidency three times. 

“Sen. Dole was an American hero who holds a special place in the hearts of Iowans,” Gov. Reynolds said. “Known for a time as our third senator, he was a man of principle, wit, and courage. Kevin and I invite all Iowans to join us in honoring and celebrating a life truly well lived.” 

The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Joe Biden’s proclamation to lower the United State’s flag to half-staff.   

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.  

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time.