- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor the late, four-term Nevada Rep. Jim Santini.

The executive order calls for all U.S. and state flags at state public buildings to be lowered on Tuesday, which is the day of Santini’s funeral.

Santini died last Tuesday in Maryland after being diagnosed with advanced-stage esophageal cancer. He was 78.

Santini was born in Reno and was a judge before being elected to Congress in 1974. He represented the entire state as a Democrat until 1983, when the state was divided into two congressional districts.

He became a Republican in 1985 and unsuccessfully ran for Senate in 1986 against Democratic Sen. Harry Reid.

Santini was married for 47 years and had six children and 13 grandchildren.


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