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“If you look at the biography of McCarran, you can see that he stood for things that don’t make us very proud as Nevadans,” Rep. Dina Titus (D) -NV., told KNPR's State of Nevada.
“I see it when I walk through the capital and it just strikes me as this would be an appropriate time,” Titus said.
Titus admits it will be a process to get the statue changed, which is why she wants it on the Legislature's agenda now.
States are allowed two statues in Statuary Hall. The guidelines for who is memorialized in the hall are that the person must be deceased and second that he or she must have done something heroic or made a significant contribution to the state.
Titus suggests someone like former governor Michael O'Callaghan or former governor Grant Sawyer to replace Pat McCarran.
For years, McCarran was the only statute in the hall. The second statue of Paiute leader, author and educator Sarah Winnemucca wasn't placed in the hall until 2005.
Rep. Dina Titus (D) - NV; Michael Green, associate professor of history, UNLV