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The U.S. House Thursday voted to rename the Evanston Post Office on Davis Street downtown in honor of Abner J. Mikva, who once represented Evanston in Congress.

“I am so thrilled that we are going to pay an appropriate tribute to the life and legacy of Abner Mikva,” U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) said of the vote.  “Ab was one of the few Americans to hold the distinction of serving in all three branches of the federal government. He passed away on July 4 of this year.  On that day America lost a great patriot, and I also lost a very precious friend and mentor.”

Abner Mikva.

A news release from Schakowsky’s office quoted Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl as saying, “People in Evanston are smiling today remembering Abner Mikva. He was a great man and a good man. His name should be on our post office and now it will.”

Mikva’s daughter Mary was quoted in the release as calling the naming a great tribute: “It combines three things my Dad loved: Congress, Evanston and getting and sending letters.”

In addition to serving in Congress, Mikva  also was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and served as White House counsel during the Clinton administration.

A floor speech by Rep. Schakowsky about the post office renaming.

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Judge Abner Mikva dies at 90 (7/5/16)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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