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           Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Craig Thomas, Mike Enzi and Representative Barbara Cubin, all R-Wyo., announced the last leg in a journey to name a Laramie post office after a former Wyoming Senator who served as Chairman of the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee and authored the Postal Accountability Act of 1970.

         President George Bush signed a bill this month making the "Gale W. McGee Post Office" in Laramie a reality and a fitting honor to Gale McGee.

          McGee, a Democrat who served in the United States Senate from 1959 1977, and 18 years of those years on the Appropriations Committee and was the first freshman in the history of the Senate to be granted the coveted position.  

          "Gale McGee served the people of Wyoming for nearly two decades as a United States Senator and he did so during a very prolific and controversial time in our nation's history," said the Wyoming Congressional Delegation. "We are delighted to show our appreciation for his service to our state and nation by naming a postal facility in his honor."

            An act of Congress was required for the post office to be renamed and legislation was introduced by the Wyoming delegation earlier this year.

           McGee, who died in 1992, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to Laramie in 1946 after accepting a position as Professor of American History at the University of Wyoming . In his first attempt to ever run for public office he was elected to the United States Senate in 1958. McGee later served as a U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States from 1977 - 1981. The McGee family requested the designation and the Laramie City Council supported the naming in an August 1, 2006 resolution.