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John McCain to lie in state at U.S. Capitol

Billy Graham lying in state in Capitol
Members of the public pay their respects to the late Rev. Billy Graham as he lies in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Sen. Mitch McConnell and other congressional leaders announced Sunday that John McCain will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol to allow the public to pay their respects.

Why it matters: McCain will become just the 31st person to have received the honor of lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda since Henry Clay became the first in 1852. McCain will join an illustrious list that includes Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Rosa Parks.