Just minutes after news of John McCain's death broke late Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he plans to introduce legislation to rename an office Senate building after McCain, an idea that would encase the longtime Arizona senator's legacy on Capitol Hill forever.
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In a show of mutual respect for McCain's love of America and brand of bipartisan politics, Schumer said in a statement that he will introduce legislation to rename the Senate's Russell building after McCain.
As you go through life, you meet few truly great people. John McCain was one of them. His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller — never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare. The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain.
Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him.
The Russell Senate Office Building is one of the oldest office structures on Capitol Hill. It took 5 years to build with construction finishing in 1908. It was given its modern namesake in 1972 to honor longtime Georgia Senator Richard Russell, who served in the Senate from 1933 to 1971.
Many have spearheaded efforts over the years to rename the building — namely because Russell was an avowed segregationist — but those efforts have failed. However, it's likely that a bipartisan effort rename the building in McCain's honor would succeed.
Additionally, McCain's office was located in the building, Suite 218.