US House votes to name courthouse after Fred Thompson

Friday, November 25, 2016, Vol. 40, No. 48

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. House has voted to name the new federal courthouse in Nashville after the late actor-politician Fred Thompson.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced Tuesday that the chamber passed the resolution to name the building after the former Senator who died last year. Thompson's successor Lamar Alexander said he hopes the Senate follows suit before the end of the year.

Thompson was a Tennessee-trained lawyer, prosecutor, hard-driving Senate counsel during the Watergate hearings, movie and TV actor and a fleeting presidential hopeful in 2008. He commanded audiences with a booming voice, folksy charisma and a 6-foot-6 frame.

Thompson starred the "Law & Order" TV series and appeared in at least 20 motion pictures including "The Hunt for Red October" and "Die Hard II" while also fostering a lobbying career in Washington.