Former Arizona senator honored
Speaker John Boehner, congressional leaders, and lawmakers from Arizona dedicated a statue of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater on Wednesday, Feb. 11 in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.
Goldwater was born in the Territory of Arizona on New Year's Day in 1909. He served in the Senate for five terms, beginning in 1952. He ran for president in 1964 but lost that race to Lyndon Johnson.
He retired from the Senate in 1987 and died in 1998.
“Whatever it is, Barry Goldwater had it. People didn't just find truth in what he was saying – they found a cause. And if there were a Mount Rushmore for the modern conservative moment, he would surely be on it,” Speaker Boehner said at the dedication.
Each state can contribute two statues to the National Statuary Hall Collection. The Goldwater statue will replace Arizona’s statue of mining executive John Campbell Greenway. Arizona’s other statue is of Father Eusebio Kino.