Congress Honors Winston Churchill

Former Speaker Tom Foley

A bust of Winston Churchill now stands in the U.S. Capitol.

House Speaker John Boehner welcomed House and Senate leaders to the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall on October 30, 2013, to dedicate a bust of legendary former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

“Just as a statue of Lincoln stands outside Parliament,” Speaker Boehner said, “this bust renews the ties between our peoples and reminds us that the blessings we often take for granted were won through terrific struggle.”

Churchill, who is remembered as much for his statesmanship as his wit, led the United Kingdom through World War II and was a lifelong friend to the United States. President John F. Kennedy made him the first honorary U.S. citizen on April 9, 1963.

The bust will stand just off the Capitol Crypt in a rotunda that will now be known as “Freedom Foyer.”