Honoring an Icon

October 28, 2022

The Federal Building at 308 W 21st St in Cheyenne has been officially renamed. Yesterday, my team and I were in Cheyenne and joined by Governor Mark Gordon, Mayor Patrick Collins, State Representative Cathy Connolly, Cheyenne City Council Woman Michele Aldrich, and members of the Louisa Swain Foundation Board of Directors to celebrate the unveiling of the newly minted Louisa Swain Federal Office Building.

This renaming started with a desire to commemorate the trailblazing women of Wyoming who played an integral role in the journey towards suffrage and who continue to propel Wyoming forward. Thus, S.2126 was born.

I introduced this bill alongside Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on June 17, 2021. It passed through the Senate with unanimous consent on October 10, 2021 and then passed in the House of Representatives on March 30, 2022. President Biden signed it into law on May 10, 2022, where it officially became Public Law No: 117-20.

I am grateful to my team both in the state and in Washington for their tremendous work on getting our first stand alone bill passed. I’d also like to thank Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), and Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen for partnering with me to honor the important legacy of Louisa Swain. Now when folks walk past, visit, or go to work in the Louisa Swain Federal Office Building, they’ll be reminded of this important piece of not only Wyoming’s history, but the history of women’s rights across the nation.

If you missed the ceremony, you can watch it here