WASHINGTON, DC – Following an effort from U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Representative Tom Emmer, legislation to rename the post office at St. John’s University in memory of Senator Eugene McCarthy passed the Senate. McCarthy, who passed away in 2005, represented Minnesota in the United States of House of Representatives and the United States Senate for 22 years. St. John’s, where McCarthy attended and taught, is also home to the McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.
“Eugene McCarthy was a distinguished public servant that served Minnesota and our country for many years,” said Klobuchar. “This 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.”
“A true Minnesota statesman, Eugene McCarthy worked hard for decades to improve the lives of families in our state and all across the country,” said Franken. “I was proud to support this legislation to make sure that Senator McCarthy’s name and legacy will be honored.”
“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,” said Emmer. “In the year which would have been his 100th birthday, I am proud to have introduced this bill to commemorate all that Senator McCarthy has done for St. John’s University, the state of Minnesota and our country.”
Representative Tom Emmer introduced this legislation in the House, which was supported by Klobuchar and Franken in the Senate.