Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley, at center in the photo below, who served from 1961 to 1998, was honored this week at a ceremony that named the state government complex walkway east of the Hall of Justice building after him.
The legislation for the recognition was approved unanimously by the Legislature, and House and Senate lawmakers attended the October 23 ceremony, including Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle (second from left.).
Kelley began his law career in his native Alpena and served as city attorney before being elected to state office, where at 37 years he set a national record for longest serving attorney general. The 2½ block-long Frank J. Kelley Capitol Walkway carries pedestrian traffic between the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals office building and state government buildings named for Kelley’s contemporaries: William Milliken, governor from 1969 to 1983, and Richard Austin, secretary of state from 1971 to 1995.