Congress sent legislation to the White House this week that will rename a Provo, Utah, post office in honor of a senior Justice Department official who served in the Ford and Reagan administrations.
Rex E. Lee was one of President Ronald Reagan’s Solicitors General and a Civil Division Assistant Attorney General under President Gerald Ford. He later served as the president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Lee died of cancer in 1996 at age 61.
“Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Rex, as I did, well remembers his stellar service to his community, our state, and to the nation as a whole,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said on the Senate floor Monday. “Long after his passing, his influence still lingers and is keenly felt everywhere from the classrooms at BYU to the corridors of our government’s most revered institutions. Renaming the Provo Post Office in Rex’s honor befits a public servant of his stature.”