Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Tom Emmer introduced H.R. 4425 to commemorate the late Minnesota Congressman Eugene McCarthy by designating the post office at St. John’s University - where he attended and taught – in his honor. St. John’s University is home to the McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement which aims to promote dialogue, civic education, and political engagement in youth following in Eugene McCarthy’s footsteps. This legislation had the support of all Minnesota’s Members of Congress.
“Eugene McCarthy was an incredible servant to Minnesota and our country as a whole,” said Emmer. “He shook the foundations of the political establishment at a national level; served in the War Department under Military Intelligence during World War II; authored more than 20 books on public policy, political theory and economics; and served five terms in the U.S. House and two terms in the Senate. 2016 marks what would have been McCarthy’s 100th birthday, and we hope to commemorate his work in Washington and back in Minnesota through this designation.”
“I am pleased to endorse this idea in recognition of one of Saint John’s most esteemed alumni,” said St. John’s University President Michael Hemesath. “Eugene McCarthy’s lifelong service and civic engagement is legendary and he was a seminal figure in both state and national politics in the latter half of the 20th century. The naming of the Collegeville post office is an appropriate commemoration of all that he has done for the university, the state and country.”