After a vote held on Tuesday, the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission unanimously agreed to change the name of the airport to honor two of its most famous citizens: Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The Little Rock airport name change won’t happen immediately, but airport staff are working with the Federal Aviation Administration to have the name changed, so the switch to the new name, “Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport”, should happen within the next few months.
“Bill and Hillary Clinton not only devoted years of service to Arkansas, but have served the nation as a two-term President, and as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State – that’s a legacy of which all Arkansans can be proud,” Jim Dailey, the commission’s chairman, said in a statement on the airport’s website.
The former president himself also had a few things to say about the honor: “We are grateful for this honor and for all that the people of Arkansas have done for us. And we look forward to many happy landings at the airport in the years ahead,” former President Clinton said in a statement.
Airports having their name changed to honor former Presidents is nothing new–John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and more have already received that honor. However, Little Rock airport’s new name marks the first time a first lady’s name is used in the airport’s name.