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
Daniel 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 McClay, PhD, Oklahoma
Rosie Rios, Maryland
James L. Swanson, Washington, DC
Richard Trumka, Maryland
Thomas Walker, Alabama
Lynn Forney Young, Texas
Ex Officio .
Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke
Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan
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 Commission shall develop a report with recommendations to the President and to Congress within two years of its formation. The Commission observes and commemorates not only the Revolution, but also the full history of the United States leading into our 250th anniversary. Official meetings will be convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
The United States Semiquincentennial Commission was formed by the United States Congress to prepare an overall program for commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the historic events preceding that anniversary.