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Published on April 09, 2024
California Senators Propose Renaming San Francisco Post Office in Honor of Late Senator Dianne FeinsteinSource: United States Congress, US Senate Photo/Becky Hammel, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In a move to honor late California Senator Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler, both Democrats representing California, have put forward legislation to rename the San Francisco post office. The proposed “Dianne Feinstein Post Office” would take residence at 180 Steuart Street, situated within the Rincon Center, according to an announcement from Padilla's office.

Feinstein's connection to the Rincon Center goes back to her tenure as Mayor of San Francisco during the 1980s when she played a significant role in the development of that area. The Rincon Annex, which lies within the center, previously functioned as the city’s principal postal sorting and distribution hub and is now recognized not just as a designated landmark in San Francisco but also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Senator Padilla lauded Feinstein's legacy, asserting, "Senator Feinstein was a towering figure not just in modern California politics, but in the history of our state and our nation.” He drew parallels between the unifying role of post offices and Feinstein's ability to connect with people, stating, "It is only fitting that we celebrate her memory by dedicating an institution essential to a functioning and fair democracy in her name."

Adding to the chorus of respect, Senator Butler acknowledged the historical significance Feinstein represented, “I stand on the shoulder of giants like Senator Feinstein who as the first woman Senator for California, served her country with grace and fortitude.” Butler deemed renaming the post office at 180 Steuart Street as a fitting tribute to the late senator’s long and distinguished public service career.

Following Feinstein's death, the Senate expressed its profound respect by unanimously passing a resolution to celebrate her life, pausing their activities to attend her funeral services. The resolution commended her as the longest-serving female Senator in U.S. history and a steadfast California representative.