Gov. Beshear: Funeral Services for J. Michael Brown To Be Held at the State Capitol Rotunda Saturday, Jan. 20

Flags at state office buildings will be lowered to half-staff Saturday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that public funeral services for J. Michael Brown will be held in the State Capitol Rotunda at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

The Governor has also ordered flags at all state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday in honor of Brown. All individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute. Additional flag status information is available at

Last week, the Governor issued the following statement after the passing of Brown:

“I am truly hurting over the loss of my long-time friend and advisor. Michael made a positive difference in the lives of so many people – including mine. His guidance and advice were unmatched, and so was his friendship. Throughout his career, he served our country and state with poise and decency. Those who really knew Michael were truly blessed. Please join Britainy and me in praying for his wife, Joan, their children and family during this difficult time.”

A former district court judge in Jefferson County, J. Michael Brown served as Gov. Beshear’s highest ranking official as secretary of the Executive Cabinet from 2019 to 2022. Prior to that post, Brown served as the deputy attorney general for then-Attorney General Andy Beshear. Brown also served as the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary throughout former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration.

To view J. Michael Brown’s obituary, click here.