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Former Michigan Attorney General, Frank Kelly, passes at 96


Governor Whitmer is ordering flags on public buildings to fly at half-staff, in honor of former long-time Attorney General Frank Kelley, who died last week.

Frank Kelley served 37 years under five governors before retiring in 1999, the longest of any state attorney general in Michigan’s history.  That tenure earned him the nickname the “eternal” general. 

Kelley dedicated entire divisions to litigate consumer protection and environmental issues and was instrumental in reaching a settlement with cigarette companies to compensate states for tobacco-related illnesses. 

He said he wanted to be the people’s attorney, rather than just the corporation counsel for state government. 

Kelley also served as an advisor and mentor to many other top state officials, including Governor Whitmer, whose mother once worked for him 

Frank Kelley died late Friday evening in Florida.

He was 96.