Wausau Pilot & Review

Flags of the U.S. and Wisconsin are ordered to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Feb. 16 to honor Wisconsin State Sen. Joseph S. Leean, who died on Feb. 2.

The senator was 79. 

First elected in 1984 to the Wisconsin State Senate from the 14th Senate District, Sen. Leean was reelected in 1988 and again in 1992, and served as co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee from 1993 to 1995. In 1995, Leean was appointed secretary of the Department of Health and Family Services, now the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which he led for six years. Sen. Leean also served his community as a business leader and longtime president of the Chain O’Lakes Sanitary District and will be remembered for his commitment to bipartisanship, integrity, and devotion to his family. 

“Between his many professional ventures and nearly two decades of dedicated service to the people of Wisconsin, Senator Leean was a true public servant who made countless contributions to our state,” Gov. Tony Evers said, in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Leean family and all of Senator Leean’s colleagues, friends, and neighbors, and we wish them peace as they mourn his loss.”  

Services for former State Sen. Joseph S. Leean will be held on Wed., Feb. 16, 2022, in Waupaca.  

Executive Order #155 will be in effect from sunrise to sunset on Wed., Feb. 16, 2022, and is available here.