The bill of U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, to name a post office after former Pearland Mayor Tom Reid passed the House last week and the Senate on Dec. 17, Olson said.

“This is a great Christmas present for Pearland,” Olson said.

The bill, H.R. 7810, will name the post office at 3519 E. Walnut St., Pearland, after Reid, who served the city of Pearland as a council member, then mayor, for nearly 40 years. Reid announced he would not seek re-election in 2020, ending his long term as mayor.

“Tom is just such a star. He came there when Pearland was around 6,000 people, and now it’s around 140,000 people,” Olson said. “Mayor Tom brought an exploding and diverse community together.”

Olson said he believed Reid deserves federal recognition for his years of service to the community. During Reid’s time as mayor, he oversaw bringing a University of Houston-Clear Lake campus to Pearland, helping create the Pearland Town Center and collaborated with other entities to help make the Brazoria County Expressway a reality, Olson said.

“I have this obligation I think to make sure Tom is always remembered for what he did for Pearland,” Olson said.

Olson expects the bill to be signed into law by the president. Once that happens, it will take a few months for the post office to officially bear Reid’s name, he said.