In accordance with an order from the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of former U.S. Rep. Howard Wolpe of Saugatuck, who died October 25.
Wolpe was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. He represented southwestern Michigan and served seven terms. He was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa from 1982 to 1992, where he played an instrumental role in the changes to U.S. policy on Africa, including enabling the passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. He also chaired the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. His other roles in Congress included co-chairing the bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition and the Congressional Energy and Environmental Study Conference. Prior to entering Congress, he served in the Michigan House of Representatives and as a member of the Kalamazoo City Commission.