Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all Commonwealth flags in the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities state-wide to fly at half-staff to honor former United States Senator and Secretary of Health and Human Services Richard Shultz Schweiker.
Schweiker, 89, of Norristown, had a long and storied career of public service, including his service in the United States Navy during World War II. He began his elected service to the country in 1960, representing Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district in Montgomery County. He served in the United States Senate from 1969 until 1981. In 1981, Schweiker was sworn in as the 14th Secretary of Health and Human Services. He retired in 1983 after 22 years of public service.
Commonwealth flags shall remain at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, August 29, the day of interment.
**United States flags are to remain at full staff**