FEBRUARY 9, 2006 - Posted at 8:38 a.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR - First District Congressman Marion Berry says the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of his bill to name a new Jonesboro post office on Race Street after Hattie W. Caraway, the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. The post office at 2404 Race Street is scheduled to begin operations in March 2006.
"Hattie Caraway was a true pioneer that changed the face of American politics," said Berry. "It is more than fitting that my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives honored her again today for the remarkable role she played in U.S. history."
Caraway was elected to the Senate in January 1932 in a special election to finish her husband's term, and was re-elected twice by her fellow Arkansans. During her service in the Senate, she became the first woman to chair a Senate Committee and the first woman to take up the gavel on the Senate floor as presiding officer. After her defeat to William Fulbright in 1945, her Senate colleagues honored her with a standing ovation on the Senate floor.
Senator Caraway was a Jonesboro resident for nearly 50 years and recently became the first Arkansan to ever appear on a postal stamp.
The new Hattie W. Caraway Station will be an expansion of the delivery annex built in 1998, and will contain 1,100 P.O. boxes, clerk services, a postal store, passport operations, and delivery operations.