President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill that designates Mt. Andrea Lawrence, a 12,240-foot peak in Mono County.
The mountain, located near the Tuolumne County border and previously designated only as Peak 12,240, was named to honor a three-time Olympian and former member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors who passed away in 2009. It is on the border of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, immediately east of Yosemite National Park.
The legislation was authored by liberal Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and, in the House, by conservative Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. Boxer called the mountain naming — or renaming, depending on how one characterizes the previous nomenclature of Peak 12,240 — a “fitting tribute” for a woman who served 16 years on the Mono County Board of Supervisors. She is the only American double Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing.