- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State and U.S. flags at state facilities are at half-staff in honor of former Rep. Mick Staton.

Staton died April 14. He was 74.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the flags to be lowered from dawn to dusk on Wednesday in honor of Staton.

The Republican served one term in Congress from 1981 to 1983. He lost a re-election bid to Democrat Bob Wise, who later became governor.

Staton served as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s chief political adviser from 1984 to 1990. He served as the Berkeley County Republican chairman from 2007 to 2012.

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