The federal building and U.S. courthouse in Midland, known as the George Mahon Federal Building, may soon be known as the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush U.S. Courthouse and George Mahon Federal Building.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to rename the building after the father-son former presidents who once lived in Midland. The name change was announced today by Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, who represents Midland in Congress.
Rebecca Neal, a spokeswoman for Conaway, says the name of the courthouse will change after President Barack Obama signs the bill. According to the Western District of Texas website, U.S. District Judge Robert Junell and U.S. Magistrate Judge David Counts are based in Midland.
Mahon, who served in the U.S. Congress and died in 1985, has another federal building named after him: The George Mahon Federal Building is in Lubbock.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys