A bipartisan group of senators and representatives have introduced legislation in Congress to name the new air traffic control tower at Piedmont Triad International Airport for the late Sen. Kay Hagan from Greensboro.

Hagan had been instrumental in obtaining the federal funding for the new tower and one of the last public events she attended before her death in October 2019 was the ground breaking for the air traffic control tower.

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC) Mark Warner (D-VA) and Amy Kobuchar (D-MN) introduced the bill to honor Hagan in the Senate.

Representatives Ted Budd (NC-13) and David Price (NC-04) joined with the bipartisan coalition of senators in support of the bill.

Tillis said, “Kay Hagan was a dedicated and distinguished public servant for the people of North Carolina. I am proud to work with my colleagues on a bipartisan basis to rename the airport traffic control tower at the Piedmont Triad International Airport as the Senator Kay Hagan Airport Traffic Control Tower to honor her legacy in her hometown of Greensboro.”

Klobuchar said, “When I think of my friend Kay Hagan I will always think of joy. No matter how hard things got in the Senate, her wonderful spirit would make it all seem better. You could always count on Kay to look out for people, whether it was restoring a program for active duty service members, or her work to improve transportation infrastructure. This bill to name the Senator Kay Hagan Airport Traffic Control Tower will be a reminder of her legacy in her beloved state of North Carolina for generations to come.

Hagan served in the US senate from 2008 to 2014. She served in the North Carolina state Senate from 1998 to 2008.

Hagan died from complications of a rare type of encephalitis caused by a tick bite.