RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers has filed a resolution to name an historic federal building in downtown Raleigh after the late conservative icon Jesse Helms.
Ellmers said Wednesday she has introduced a measure that would rename the Century Post Office the "Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse."
Helms was a five-term Republican U.S. senator from Raleigh who died in 2008 at age 86.
The National Park Service says the building was the first federal government project in the South after the Civil War. Another federal building -- now named after the late Democratic U.S. Sen. Terry Sanford -- opened in 1970.
Ellmers' office quoted Helms' wife, Dot, saying her husband's Raleigh office was in the Century Post Office building for most of his Senate career.