Colorado Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Name Interstate After Obama

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(FILES): This April 18, 2008 file photo shows Democratic presidential candidate US Senator Barack Obama speaking during a townhall meeting at The Behrend College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Barack Obama was poised to make history by becoming America’s first black presidential nominee on June 3, 2008, as a flow of Democratic Party support thrust his rival Hillary Clinton towards defeat. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

A Colorado lawmaker introduced a bill to name a portion of Interstate 25 after the 44th President of the United States.

On April 19, State Rep. Dan Pabon presented the bill to the House Transportation Committee in hopes of renaming the highway after former President Barack Obama. The bill reads, “During his eight-year tenure, President Obama was a champion of progress, successfully taking on the challenges of a nation experiencing the largest recession since the Great Depression, bringing stability to the markets and growth to the economy, overseeing Congress’ restructuring of the nation’s healthcare system, enacting compassionate immigration reform, expanding environmental protections..”

The portion of the Denver highway proposed by Pabon holds some significance for Obama. It’s near the Mile High Stadium where the 2008 Democratic National Convention was held and Obama accepted the party’s nomination to run for president.

Senator Pabon said on his website, “If successful, Colorado would be the first city to honor President Obama in this way.”

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