Co-sponsored by Arkansas's Republican U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, the U.S. Senate on August 5 unanimously approved the legislation to rename the Helena-West Helena Federal building in honor of Judge Jacob Trieber.
Trieber was the nation's first Jewish federal judge. He was a long-time resident and community leader in Phillips County.

Co-sponsored by Arkansas’s Republican U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, the U.S. Senate on August 5 unanimously approved the legislation to rename the Helena-West Helena Federal building in honor of Judge Jacob Trieber.

Trieber was the nation’s first Jewish federal judge. He was a long-time resident and community leader in Phillips County.

President William McKinley appointed Trieber who served as the federal judge for the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 1900 to 1927. Before becoming involved in state and national politics, Trieber served on the Helena City Council and as Phillips County treasurer.

“The Honorable Jacob Trieber paved the way for diversity on the federal bench as the first Jewish federal judge,” stated Boozman in his speech on the Senate floor. 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.”

As federal judge, Trieber built a reputation as a jurist who sought equal justice for all people. According to Boozman, Judge Trieber had astounding foresight and many of his rulings were significant to the advancement of civil rights and wildlife conservation that still affect us today.

Judge Trieber also played a pivotal role in saving the Old State House and establishing the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

“Judge Trieber’s name will appropriately mark this building and stand as a symbol of his significant work for not only the people of Arkansas, but for the entire United States, concluded Boozman.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware also co-sponsored the measure in the Senate.

The four members of the Arkansas House of Representatives delegation have introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House.