Flags ordered to fly half-staff for former State Rep. Ed Brooks

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Governor Tony Evers is ordering flags to fly at half-staff on Monday out of respect for former State Representative Ed Brooks.

Brooks died on April 23 at the age of 76.

Brooks began his public service career when he was elected to the Town of Reedsburg's board. He was the Town Chairman for more than 30 years. He represented the Assembly District 50 for 10 years.

“Our hearts are with Barbara as well as Ed’s three daughters and their friends and family as we mourn the loss of an exceptional husband, father, friend, and public servant,” said Gov. Evers. “Ed dedicated his life and career fighting for the people of Wisconsin and leaves behind an honorable legacy of relentless advocacy and service. He will most certainly be missed.”

In a statement released on Thursday, State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos stated, "“Ed was a true statesman who was genuine and kind. His wonderful sense of humor and passion for life made a lasting impact on everyone who knew him. He will be sorely missed as a colleague and friend."

Funeral services for Brooks will be at Saint John Lutheran Church in Rock Springs on Monday, April 29 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg, and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.