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Gov. Edwards orders flags flown at half-staff for former Lt. Gov. 'Bobby' Freeman

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    Former Louisiana Lt. Gov. Robert "Bobby" Freeman has died. He was 82 years old. Freeman, of Plaquemine, served as lieutenant governor from 1980 to 1988.

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    Former Louisiana Lt. Gov. Robert "Bobby" Freeman has died. He was 82 years old. Freeman, of Plaquemine, served as lieutenant governor from 1980 to 1988.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset Thursday in honor of former Lt. Gov. Robert “Bobby” Freeman of Plaquemine.

Flags will be flown at half-staff over the Louisiana State Capitol and all public buildings.

Freeman is best known as a former lieutenant governor, but served the state in all three branches of government. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1968 and served three consecutive terms. He was elected as lieutenant governor in 1980 and held the office until 1988. He later served as a city judge in Plaquemine from 1990 to 1996.

"Few people garner the life-long experience that comes with serving the public in all three branches of state government as Bobby Freeman had," Edwards said in a written release. "As an attorney, judge, state representative, and two-term Lt. Governor, he understood the full meaning of public service and, without a doubt, left a legacy that highlights the many unique aspects of Louisiana culture and life that make our state so special. Donna and I are keeping his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss."

Freeman died Monday at his home in Plaquemine. He was 82.

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