House approves renaming of post office for Merle Haggard

FILE -- In this April 24, 2015, file photo, Merle Haggard performs during the 2015 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

A downtown Bakersfield post office is a step closer to being named in honor of native son and country music icon Merle Haggard.

The House of Representatives voted unanimously to rename the U.S. Postal Service facility at 1730 18th St. the Merle Haggard Post Office Building.

The resolution to rename the post office was introduced by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader from Bakersfield.

McCarthy's spokesman said the resolution must now get approval from the Senate and the president.

During comments Tuesday on the House floor, McCarthy said, in part:

“For a man who went from Bakersfield High to San Quentin prison to the Country Music Hall of Fame, a building doesn’t seem like much. But I hope that when people pass by the Merle Haggard Post Office Building in downtown Bakersfield, they will remember an icon of our community, an artist who never backed down, a man whose honesty about his own failings and willingness to pick himself back up inspired music that lifts our spirits and feeds our souls."
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