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Pence, lawmakers pay respects to late governor

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State lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to remember the life of former Gov. Otis Bowen.

Gov. Mike Pence laid a wreath at Bowen’s memorial at the Statehouse Rotunda. The lieutenant governor and other state leaders joined Pence to pay their respects.

Bowen, Indiana’s 44th governor, died over the weekend at the age of 95. Pence said Hoosiers owe a debt of gratitude to the late governor.

“Gov. Otis Bowen was a man whose life was characterized by integrity, devotion to his family and a deep love for Indiana,” Pence said.

Wednesday’s memorial was open to the public. Mourners can against pay their respects Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Hoosiers are encouraged to sign the condolence book, which will go to Bowen’s family.

Bowen served as governor of Indiana for eight years starting in 1973. He was also health and human services secretary under President Ronald Reagan.

He will be buried Friday.