House Names SeMo Courthouse After Limbaugh's Grandfather

FEBRUARY 13, 2007 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON - The push has started to name a Missouri courthouse after late attorney and civic leader Rush H. Limbaugh, Sr.

The elder Limbaugh was the grandfather of radio host Rush Limbaugh.

House Republicans and Democrats yesterday passed legislation naming a new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau after the elder Limbaugh.  He died in 1996 at age 104, after practicing law for nearly 80 years.

Before his death, he was thought to be the oldest working lawyer in the country.

Republican Representative Jo Ann Emerson sponsored the House effort, along with almost all the members of the Missouri delegation...Democrats Lacy Clay and Emanual Cleaver included.

Republican Senator Kit Bond says he will work to ensure that the Senate follows suit.  He secured federal funds for the courthouse and introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)