Whitmer Honors Revered Republican LawmakerThe governor memorialized the 95-year-old GOP legislator’s passing by ordering flags to half-staff.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Governor Whitmer honored former GOP state senator John Mowat earlier this month by ordering flags to half-staff in recognition of his “duty, honor, and service,” to the state of Michigan. He was 95-years old.

Senator Mowat was a World War II Army Air Force veteran, a Lenawee County state representative from 1970 to 1978, and a state senator from 1978 to 1982. Senator Mowat later served as the executive director for the Republican Party in the Michigan House of Representatives up until his retirement in 1993.

Senator Mowat grew up on the family farm in Lenawee County and after his stint in the military, he got his first taste of civilian public service by presiding over the Madison Township school board. It was from that modest perch that he launched his first campaign for statewide office.

Former Republican Governor John Engler recalled him as: “A great legislator, a great man, a good man.”