Flags being lowered in MI in honor of state lawmaker

State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) during a House Tax Policy Committee meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (Courtesy: Michigan House Democrats)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is ordering flags lowered to half-staff within the state Capitol complex to honor the memory of a state House representative.

John Kivela was found dead in his Lansing home on Tuesday, hours after being released from jail. The Marquette Democrat was arrested Monday for suspected drunk driving.

Snyder also is ordering flags to be lowered Friday in Kivela’s 109th District in the Upper Peninsula. He was serving his third term in the House.

Kivela pleaded guilty to a drunken driving offense in December 2015 and said that he “battled alcoholism” for most of his adult life. A spokesman said he had entered treatment to get better.

A service is being held in his honor at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.