Arizona approves plan for new statue at US Capitol

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Secretary of State's office says plans to place a statue of former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater at the U.S. Capitol are moving along.

The state's historical advisory commission will start reviewing potential artists for the design of the art piece.

Goldwater won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1952 and was considered the leader of the conservative movement. He retired from the Senate in 1987 and died in 1998. Goldwater's statue would replace the current statue of John Campbell Greenway.

The Secretary of State says private donations will fund the project that could cost up to $500,000.

Part of the project's cost includes transportation of the Greenway statue back to Arizona.

The request to replace the statue was first approved last August by the architect of the Capitol.