Barry Goldwater statue to be installed in nation's capital

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- A statue commemorating the late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater will be installed in the nation's capital.

Goldwater is a conservative icon who served more than three decades as a U.S. senator, retiring in 1987.

He was also the Republican presidential nominee in 1964 and remains a revered figure among conservatives.

Each state can contribute two statues to National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

The other Arizona statue is of Eusebio Kino, an influential figure in the state's early frontier history.

House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that the Goldwater statue will be installed on Feb. 11.

Arizona lawmakers in 2008 passed a resolution urging Congress to add the Goldwater statue.

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan called Goldwater "Mr. Arizona," saying he represented the "state's grit and spirit."

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