U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte celebrated Senate passage of their bipartisan bill yesterday, 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 rights and a leader for all Montanans,” Daines said. “I’m glad to see our bipartisan bill honoring her legacy head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.”
“100 years ago, Jeannette Rankin completed her first term as the first woman elected to Congress,” Tester said. “In those two short years she started to build a legacy that continues to inspire folks across the country, and as our bill heads to the President’s desk, we should do our best to embody the values she stood for: equality, civil rights, and peace.”
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 passage: “Jeanette Rankin was a trailblazer for women’s rights in America and is a national icon,” Gianforte said. “I appreciate the Senate advancing this bipartisan bill to rename a post office after her in her hometown of Missoula. I look forward to President Trump signing the bill into law to honor Rankin’s lasting contributions to our country.”
The legislation names the post office at 1100 West Kent Avenue in Missoula after Rankin.
Rankin grew up on a family ranch just outside of Missoula.
In early November, Daines, Tester, Gianforte celebrated the advancement of the bill out of U.S. Senate committee.
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.