SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL COMMISSION LAW PASSED; BODY IN FORMATION

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.


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Speaker Paul Ryan sends HR4875 to the White House. With Congressman Patrick Meehan. Photo courtesy of the US House of Representatives.
From left to right: Jon Grabelle Herrmann (USA250), Congressman Brendan Boyle, Congressman Patrick Meehan, Congressman Robert Brady, Andrew Hohns (USA250), photo courtesy of US House of Representatives
From left to right: Jon Grabelle Herrmann (USA250 Executive Director), Congressman Brendan Boyle, Congressman Patrick Meehan, Congressman Robert Brady, Andrew Hohns (USA250 Board Chair), photo courtesy of US House of Representatives
From left to right: Andrew Hohns (USA250 Board Chair), Senator Pat Toomey, Jon Grabelle Herrmann (USA250 Executive Director), photo courtesy of USA250
From left to right: Andrew Hohns (USA250 Board Chair), Senator Pat Toomey, Jon Grabelle Herrmann (USA250 Executive Director), photo courtesy of USA250

 

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. To date, announced appointments include:

 

United States Senate:

  • Hon. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Tom Cotton, Arkansas
  • Hon. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
  • Hon. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

United States House of Representatives:

  • Hon. Robert Aderholt, Alabama
  • Hon. Robert Brady, Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Joseph Crowley, New York
  • Hon. Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania

Private citizens:

  • David L. Cohen, Pennsylvania
  • Val Crofts, Wisconsin
  • Daniel DiLella, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • Heather Murren, Nevada
  • James L. Swanson, Washington, DC
  • Richard Trumka, Maryland
  • Thomas Walker, Alabama
  • Lynn Forney Young, Texas

Ex Officio:

  • Secretary of Interior
  • Secretary of State
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of Education
  • Librarian of Congress
  • Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Archivist of the United States
  • 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. Click here to read the full text of the legislation HR4875/ Public Law 114-196.

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.

USA250 is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization making big plans for America’s 250th anniversary in 2026. The Pennsylvania-based group was founded by private citizens to promote a celebration of the Semiquincentennial and to facilitate a conversation on the nation’s future, driven by the values and philosophy articulated in the Declaration of Independence. 

For more information, contact USA250 at info@usa250.org