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No, March Fong Eu Isn't The First Woman To Have A California State Building Named After Her (But It Was Close)

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

In this Nov. 28, 2000, file photo, March Fong Eu, former California Secretary of State, is seated among some of her paintings at California State University in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

California's Secretary of State building in Sacramento is now officially named after the late March Fong Eu.

The naming is historic, but it's a bit different than what some are reporting.

March Fong Eu was the first Asian-American woman elected to a statewide office in the U.S. and served as California's Secretary of State for five straight terms.

She had many "firsts" during her career, including being the first woman to serve as acting California governor. She was also instrumental in getting the very facility built that now bears her name.

Some news organizations, state lawmakers and political groups cheered the naming as historic, saying it's the first state building to be named after a woman.

But, that's one "first" that's not exactly right.

The Department of General Services, which oversees all of the state-owned buildings, looked into it for us and pointed to a government building in San Bernardino named for Rosa Parks in 2008.

The March Fong Eu Secretary of State complex still breaks ground, however, as the first state-owned building to be named for an Asian-American woman.

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