Washington (CNN) - It was Tip O'Neill who coined the phrase "all politics is local."
So it's somehow fitting that Congress is looking to commemorate the 34-year congressional career of the former House speaker by making an office building on the edge of Capitol Hill his namesake.
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The building is currently undergoing renovations and is expected to open next year and the proposed name - the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building - was the idea of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to a Tuesday announcement from her office and House Speaker John Boehner's office.
O'Neill was the longest continuously-serving House speaker and December 9 will mark the centennial of his birth.
Located at 2nd Street and C Street, S.W. the building is a short walk from better-known House office buildings Cannon, Longworth and Rayburn. It is between the Gerald Ford office building and the Hubert Humphrey office building.
Another building named for O'Neill bears the same title. The 11-story high-rise in Boston's West End includes offices for the Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, State, and Treasury Departments, among others, according to the General Services Administration, which is responsible for federal properties.
The Massachusetts Democrat served in Congress from 1953 through January of 1987 and served as speaker from 1977 until retirement. He was well known for his deal-making as well as his collegiality with President Ronald Reagan.
The building is located a few blocks southwest of the Capitol and will house both executive and legislative branch offices, according to the announcement.