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Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue to Join U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall Collection

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will dedicate a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, March 25 in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.

Widely regarded as America’s greatest agricultural scientist, Dr. Borlaug’s groundbreaking work in wheat improvement saved starving populations around the globe and earned him our nation’s highest honors. The statue will represent the state of Iowa, the birthplace and childhood home of Dr. Borlaug, as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.

The ceremony is a ticketed event and is for Members and invited guests only.

More event details available on www.speaker.gov.

About National Statuary Hall Collection

The National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol Building is comprised of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. The entire collection now consists of 100 statues contributed by 50 states (Statue of Dr. Borlaug replaces current statue of James Harlan).  

Thirty-five statues are currently located in National Statuary Hall, six in the Rotunda, 13 in the Crypt, 13 in the Hall of Columns and 24 in the Capitol Visitor Center. The remaining statues are located in various areas throughout the House and Senate wings of the Capitol. Learn more about the collection.