Semiquincentennial Commission Law Passed .
USA250 congratulates the new Commissioners and thanks the bipartisan team of legislators who introduced and championed the bill and its passage into law.
Ten years before the nation’s 250th anniversary in July 2026, both chambers of Congress unanimously passed the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016. The bill was signed as Public Law 114-196 on July 22, 2016. USA250 congratulates the new Commissioners and thanks the bipartisan team of legislators who introduced and championed the bill and its passage into law. The 33-member body is comprised of 8 Members of Congress, 16 private citizens, and 9 federal officials. All Commissioners and the Chairperson have been appointed:
Private Citizens .
David L. Cohen, Pennsylvania
Val Crofts, Wisconsin
Dan DiLella, Pennsylvania, Chairperson
Cathy Gillespie, Virginia
Noah Griffin, California
Amy Gutmann, PhD, Pennsylvania
Grant Hill, Florida
Andrew Hohns, PhD, Pennsylvania
Jim Koch, Massachusetts
Lucas Morel, PhD, Virginia
Wilfred M. McClay, PhD, Oklahoma
Rosie Rios, Maryland
James L. Swanson, Washington, DC
Richard Trumka, Maryland
Tom Walker, Alabama
Lynn Forney Young, Texas
Ex Officio .
Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, PhD
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution David Skorton, MD
Archivist of the United States David Ferriero
Presiding Officer of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities
The nonprofit organization American Battlefield Trust has been designated as Administrative Secretariat of the Commission, whose meetings will be convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia beginning in October 2018. The Commission was established Congress to prepare an overall program to observe and commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the historic events preceding that anniversary.