Barry Goldwater is headed back to Washington: A statue of the late Arizona senator and Republican presidential nominee will soon grace the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, after a few months in Phoenix, the city of which he once served on the city council.
Arizona officials revealed the new 8-foot bronze statue at a ceremony on Monday. The legislature voted in 2008 to make Goldwater one of the state’s two submissions to the national statuary collection; every state is allowed two statues that represent their history.
“If there is one person who symbolizes Arizona in its first 100 years of statehood, that would be Barry Goldwater,” said state senator Adam Driggs, who proposed the legislation to add Goldwater after a tour of the Capitol years ago, during the event. Goldwater would do a better job than the current statues — 17th-century Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Kino and mining executive John Campbell Greenway, who died in 1926 — at representing the state’s modern history, he said.
The Goldwater statute will replace Greenway later this year after it spends the next few months at the Arizona State Capitol’s museum.
Goldwater would be the latest addition to the statuary collection after Iowa brought in Nobel Peace Prize–winning agriculture researcher Norman Borlaug last month, replacing former senator James Harlan.