Senators Lying in State in the U.S. Capitol [Updated December 8, 2021]   [open pdf - 882KB]

From the Document: "On December 9, 2021, Senator Robert Dole [hyperlink], who died on December 5, will lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Traditionally an honor bestowed upon American political and military leaders, 35 individuals (not including Senator Dole) have lain in state or honor [hyperlink] in the Capitol Rotunda. Additionally, unknown soldiers [hyperlink] from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam era have also lain in state in the Rotunda. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Representative Elijah Cummings have lain in state in National Statuary Hall [hyperlink]. Individuals who served as government officials (e.g., Member of Congress, President, Vice President) and as military leaders have traditionally lain in state, while private citizens have lain in honor. The most recent individual to lie in state was Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [hyperlink] on September 25, 2020. The most recent individual to lie in honor was United States Capitol Police Officer William 'Billy' F. Evans on April 13, 2021. Prior to Senator Dole lying in state, 13 Senators have received that honor [hyperlink] (see Table 1). Figure 1 [hyperlink] shows Senator John Alexander Logan [hyperlink] lying in state from December 30 to 31, 1886."

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CRS Insight, IN10961
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