WASHINGTON — The six members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation introduced legislation Tuesday to rename the Helena-West Helena federal building in honor of Judge Jacob Trieber.

WASHINGTON — The six members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation introduced legislation Tuesday to rename the Helena-West Helena federal building in honor of Judge Jacob Trieber.


"Judge Trieber paved the way for diversity on the federal bench as the first Jewish federal judge," Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., said in a news release. "His work on the bench helped fight injustice and laid the foundation for equality with a lasting civic legacy that continues to impact our country."


Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Trieber "was a dedicated public servant and did a great deal for our state. His significant impact civil rights endures today and this building will help honor his important legacy."


Trieber was appointed by President William McKinley and served from 1900-27 as the federal judge for the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.


Trieber’s career also included service as a member of the Helena City Council and as Phillips County treasurer. He played an influential role in saving the Old State House and establishing the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium, the delegation said.