In Honor of Former First Lady


The state has lost a distinguished former first lady of Texas with the passing of Rita Clements. As a mark of respect for her public service, it is fitting that flags in Texas be lowered to half-staff.

Therefore, pursuant to Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby direct the lowering of Texas flags statewide to half-staff in memory of former First Lady Rita Crocker Clements. Flags should be at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Please notify all pertinent personnel within your agency and other state agency leaders of this directive.

Individuals, businesses, municipalities and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time in memory of this distinguished former first lady.

Our prayers of comfort are extended to the Clements family in their time of grief. I urge all Texans to appropriately remember Rita Clements’ life of service to the State of Texas.