Hatfield statue may replace Oregon pioneer in DC

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2007 file photo, former Oregon Republican Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield waves to members of the House as the 2007 Oregon legislative session opens at the Capitol in Salem, Ore. Hatfield, an outspoken critic of war whose liberal views often put him at odds with fellow Republicans, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. He was 89. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2007 file photo, former Oregon Republican Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield waves to members of the House as the 2007 Oregon legislative session opens at the Capitol in Salem, Ore. Hatfield, an outspoken critic of war whose liberal views often put him at odds with fellow Republicans, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. He was 89. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill to put a statue of former Sen. Mark Hatfield in the Capitol in Washington, D.C., is moving through the Oregon Legislature.

The Register-Guard reports it passed the House Rules Committee on Monday and went to the House floor.

Each state has two statues in the National Statutory Hall. Installing Hatfield will mean removing the statue of Jason Lee, a pioneer and missionary who founded the school that became Willamette University.

The other statue in the hall is of John McLoughlin, a fur trader known as the “Father of Oregon.”

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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