U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar of Prescott has introduced a bill to name the post office on Miller Valley Road in Prescott after Barry Goldwater.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has approved H.R. 3027 and it now awaits a full House vote. Gosar serves on that committee.
The proposed name is the Barry M. Goldwater Post Office. Goldwater was a five-term U.S. senator and Republican nominee for U.S. president in 1964.
Goldwater had strong connections to Prescott since he had family here. His grandfather Mike and Mike's sons, including Barry's uncle Morris and father Baron, owned a mercantile store here. Morris served as mayor, county supervisor and legislator.
Barry Goldwater spent time here and regularly opened his campaigns for public office while standing on the steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse.
"I have deep respect for Barry Goldwater and his efforts to restore conservatism in our nation, and I'm pleased the Committee recognized that this patriotic American deserves a fitting tribute," Gosar said.
"I now urge the full House of Representatives to take up this bill in a timely manner."
Gosar's office said the idea came up at local town halls, and then he received a petition signed by more than 100 residents urging the honor for the late senator. The local postmaster suggested the Miller Valley Post Office.