WASHINGTON – A bill to name the new federal courthouse in Nashville, Tenn., after former Sen. Fred Thompson has cleared its final hurdle in Congress and is awaiting President Trump’s signature.
The Senate voted Wednesday to formally name the $194 million structure the Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse. A companion bill cleared the House in March.
After the Senate vote, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., stood in front of Thompson’s former desk on the Senate floor and thanked his colleagues for honoring the former senator.
“This was a desk that Sen. Howard Baker also had,” Alexander said, referring to the former Senate majority leader. “I have the desk myself because Senator Thompson and I were inspired by Senator Baker to be involved in politics and government.”
Thompson, who died in 2015 at age 73, represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate from 1994 to 2003. He mounted a bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2007, but dropped out of the race after failing to draw much interest in the early primaries.
Thompson started his career as a lawyer but later worked as an actor, lobbyist, columnist and radio host. He appeared in a number of films, including The Hunt For Red October, and in a number of television shows, including Law & Order.