Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, today announced that with the President’s signature, legislation to name the Collegeville Post Office after Minnesota’s own Senator Eugene McCarthy has been signed into law.
Prior to his 22 years in public office, Eugene McCarthy attended and taught at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. The renaming of this post office in his honor accompanies the university’s previous recognition of McCarthy through their Eugene J. McCarthy Center which aims to promote dialogue, civic education, and political engagement in youth following in his footsteps.
“Eugene McCarthy was a strong, independent voice who knew how to bring people together and better Minnesota,” said Emmer “Throughout the decades he served as a legislator, McCarthy helped foster the level of civic engagement for which our state is known. It is fitting that my first bill to become law honors a dedicated public servant and extraordinary Minnesotan, and there is no more suitable place to honor his life and legacy than St. John’s University.”
“Eugene McCarthy was a distinguished public servant that served Minnesota and our country for many years,” said Klobuchar. “This bipartisan effort will honor Senator McCarthy for this devotion to the people of our state and ensure that the St. John’s post office stands as a tribute for all he did to make our nation a better place.”
“Eugene McCarthy worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both Minnesotans and all Americans,” said Sen. Franken. “It’s great that we were able to come together and pass this bipartisan measure to ensure that Senator McCarthy’s name and legacy will be honored for generations to come.”
Congressman Emmer introduced this bill in the House, Senators Klobuchar and Franken ensured the legislation’s passage in the Senate.