In honor of Thornburgh, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday ordered the US and Pennsylvania flags on all commonwealth services, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff instantly.
Thornburgh served as Pennsylvania’s governor for 2 phrases between 1979 and 1987. The following 12 months he was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to guide the Justice Department, a place he saved throughout George H. W. Bush’s administration, till 1991.
“He guided Pennsylvania through a tumultuous period in our commonwealth’s history following the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power station,” Wolf stated. “His was a necessary and steady voice of calm in the midst of crisis … All of Pennsylvania mourns the loss of one of our great public servants.”
The nuclear accident occurred simply 71 days after Thornburgh was sworn in as governor. Among a few of his early actions throughout the disaster was his ordering of the evacuation of pregnant girls and younger youngsters from the realm. Though there isn’t any indication the discharge of radiation precipitated any well being points amongst both workers or most people, the incident led to stricter federal oversight of nuclear energy vegetation.
At the Justice Department, Thornburgh centered on white-collar crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, amongst different points, based on the NGA.
As Bush’s lawyer basic, Thornburgh performed a key position within the implementation of the landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, which expanded civil rights protections for Americans with disabilities.
Wolf celebrated Thornburgh’s involvement, saying that “during his tenure, the office of the Attorney General used its power to advocate for the needs of vulnerable Americans.”
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CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.