Ciscomani, Grijalva & others in Congress want to name Az post office for Sandra Day O'Connor

Residents of Duncan, Ariz., may soon be mailing postcards and picking up their packages at the Sandra Day O’Connor Post Office.

U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-Dist. 6) introduced a bill Wednesday to name the post office in the Greenlee County town after O’Connor, who became the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court after she was appointed by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Duncan is in Ciscomani’s Sixth Congressional District. The bill’s
Arizona co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives include Democrats Raul Grijalva and Greg Stanton and
Republicans Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert.

O’Connor was frequently a swing vote on the high court and served nearly a quarter-century before retiring in 2006. She died in 2023 at the age of 93.

“Raised on a cattle ranch near Duncan, Justice O’Connor proudly embraced her roots as an Arizona cowgirl throughout her lifetime,” said Ciscomani. “While she is most well-known for her legacy in Washington, D.C., her service to Arizona and the nation started far before her time on the Supreme Court. While it’s impossible to encompass the full impacts of her life, actions like this keep her legacy alive and serve as a reminder to the next generation to continue to break the glass ceiling.”

After leaving the Lazy B Ranch at age 16 to attend Stanford University, O’Connor graduated magna cum laude in 1950 before attending Stanford Law. After earning her law degree in 1952, O’Connor overcame workplace discrimination, eventually landing a job at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. She later served in the Arizona Senate, including as Senate majority leader, before she was appointed to the bench, first as a Maricopa County Superior Court judge in 1975 and then to a spot on the Arizona Court of Appeals in 1979.

Duncan lies near the New Mexico line, east of Safford and south of Morenci.

Duncan Mayor Titus Blake said that O’Connor’s “wisdom reflects the
enduring influence of her early years in the Duncan Valley and her time
riding the ranges on her beloved home at the Lazy B Ranch. The values
instilled by the people of these places shaped her legacy of resilience
and persistence, and her dedication to justice for every American
citizen.”

The Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix has been named in her honor, as has the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Members of the Arizona Legislature, including state Rep. Matt Gress, are asking their colleagues to pass a joint resolution urging Congress to authorize a statue honoring O’Connor in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. Gress and others, including Ciscomani, plan a news conference on Monday about the resolution.

Naming post offices after prominent citizens is a common practice for Congress. Bills to name the facility in Patagonia, Ariz., after former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe have been introduced several times over more than a decade, but not yet been passed.