U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today celebrated the advancement of their bipartisan bill designating a Missoula post office in honor of Jeannette Rankin. Rankin, from Montana, was the first woman elected to Congress.
“Jeannette Rankin was a trailblazer for women’s suffrage and a leader young Montanans still look up to today,” Daines said. “I’m glad to see my bipartisan bill move one step closer to being signed into law so we can move forward in designating this post office in her honor.”
“Jeannette Rankin was a pioneer for human rights, equality, and peace,” Tester said. “Her work both in and out of Congress still inspires folks in Montana and across the country to stand up for what’s right. This post office—in her home county of Missoula—will serve as a small token of our respect and admiration for the first woman ever elected to Congress.”
Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced the bill, H.R. 1972, in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed the House earlier this fall. Gianforte issued the following statement following today’s senate committee passage: “Jeanette Rankin was a trailblazer for women’s rights in America. I appreciate working with Senators Daines and Tester to advance this bipartisan bill to rename a post office after her in her hometown of Missoula. I look forward to its passage in the Senate to honor her lasting contributions to our country.”
The legislation names the post office at 1100 West Kent Avenue in Missoula after Rankin.
In late March 2019, Daines and Gianforte both introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to rename a Missoula post office in honor of Jeannette Rankin.
In early October, the U.S. House unanimously passed the Gianforte’s bill to rename a Missoula post office in honor of Jeannette Rankin.
In late October, Tester joined as a co-sponsor of Daines’ bill.