Google Maps showing ‘McCain Senate Office Building’

Google Maps

A proposal to rename a Senate office building after the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is currently being debated among lawmakers, but if you check Google Maps, it would appear as if the decision has already been made.

A search for the “McCain Senate Office Building” directs users to the location of the Russell Senate Office Building, despite no formal decision to change the name.

Searches for “Russell Senate Office Building” also currently direct users to the same building.


A Google spokesperson said that a fix for the issue was “rolling out” early Wednesday afternoon.

“We empower people to contribute their local knowledge to the map, but we recognize that there may be occasional inaccuracies or premature changes suggested by users,” the spokesperson said. “When this happens, we work to address as quickly as possible. We have implemented a fix for this issue that is rolling out now.”

The building is named after Democratic Sen. Richard Brevard Russell (Ga.), a controversial figure for his opposition to civil rights. The proposal to rename the building after McCain has already run into opposition from the late Arizona Republican’s own party.

Updated at 12:31 p.m.

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