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House Passes Upton Resolution to Honor President Ford with Statue in U.S. Capitol

Statue of the late President will be displayed within the Capitol rotunda

Washington, DC, March 14, 2011 | Meghan Kolassa ((202) 225-3761)
The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass a concurrent resolution offered by Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), H.Con.Res.27, which would authorize the placement of a statue of President Gerald R. Ford in the Capitol rotunda.  The resolution, which is cosponsored by all 14 other members of Michigan’s congressional delegation, passed the House by a vote of 396 to 0 and now heads to the U.S. Senate for final passage.

“As one who has the honor and privilege of representing some of the very same people in southwest Michigan that President Ford did during his time in the House, it gives me great pleasure to witness this fitting tribute to Michigan’s native son,” said Upton.  “President Gerald Ford is a Michigan original and a model for all those called to public service.  A seemingly ordinary American who unexpectedly found himself in the presidency at one of our nation’s most tumultuous times, Gerald Ford led with honesty and integrity.  By standing above the political fray, President Ford allowed a wounded nation to heal.”

The statue of President Ford will be replacing a statue of Michigan politician and abolitionist Zachariah Chandler.  A presentation ceremony for the new statue is scheduled to take place in the Capitol rotunda on May 3, 2011.

Under federal law, each state is eligible to display up to two statues within the Capitol at a given time.  Each statue is a gift of the home state, approved and provided for in accordance with that particular state’s legislature.  The placement of the statue is then approved by the U.S. Congress, which may also approve the replacement of a statue.  Today, the U.S. Capitol houses 100 statues contributed by the 50 states. 

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