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Path to Statehood:

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the New Columbia Statehood Commission decided to pursue statehood through what is known as the “Tennessee Plan.” Under the Tennessee Plan, the prospective state’s  electorate votes on statehood and ratifies a constitution, without an enabling act, and then uses this as a basis to petition Congress for admission. This approach was pioneered by Tennessee in 1796 and used by Michigan, Iowa, California, Oregon, Kansas, and Alaska to gain admission to the Union.  

DC voters opted to satisfy the following four conditions for Statehood prior to filing an enabling act with Congress: 

  • Residents affirmed the desire to become a state, and 86% of voters supported the Washington, DC Admission Act.
  • Ratified a State Constitution. 
  • Established new state boundaries, which would preserve a smaller federal district required by the Constitution. 
  • Committed to a republican form of government that is representative, with elected officials including the election of United States Senators and Representatives on equal footing with the other states in the Union. 

Under the Tennessee Plan a bill must pass the US House of Representatives and US Senate and then must be signed by the President of the United States. 

Supporters in the 116th Congress

In the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the Washington, DC Admission Act (H.R. 51) that would grant DC statehood. A list of co-sponsors of the bill can be found at congress.gov at: H.R.51 - Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

In the Senate, Senator Thomas Carper of Delaware introduced the Washington, DC Admission Act (S. 631) as the companion bill to H.R. 51. It shares the same legislative text. A list of co-sponsors of the bill can be found at congress.gov at: S. 631 - Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

Support from Organizations:

  • ACLU
  • ACLU-DC
  • AFGE
  • AFL-CIO
  • African American Mayors Association
  • AIDS United
  • Alliance for Justice
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Americans for Democratic Action
  • American University
  • Bend the Arc
  • Brady
  • California League of Conservation Voters
  • Campaign Legal Center
  • Catholics for Choice
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Center for Environmental Health
  • Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  • Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • Common Cause
  • Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  • DC Appleseed
  • CREDO
  • D.C. Marijuana Justice
  • DC Vote
  • D.C. Statehood - Yes We Can!
  • Demand Justice
  • Demand Progress
  • Democracy 21
  • Democracy for America
  • Demos
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • End Citizens United Action Fund
  • Federal City Council
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Free Speech For People
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Georgetown University
  • Greater Washington Urban League
  • Greenpeace US
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • In Our Own Voice
  • Indivisible
  • International Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Jews United for Justice
  • Just Foreign Policy
  • Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia League of Women Voters of the United States
  • Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Let America Vote
  • March For Our Lives
  • March For Our Lives DC
  • MAYDAY America
  • MomsRising
  • MoveOn
  • NAACP
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • National Abortion Federation
  • National Action Network
  • National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • National Congress of Black Women
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • National Education Association
  • National Employment Law Project
  • National Fair Housing Alliance
  • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
  • National Partnership for Women and Families
  • National Urban League
  • National Women's Law Center
  • Neighbors United for DC Statehood
  • NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
  • New Progressive Alliance
  • NORML
  • NTEU
  • People Demanding Action
  • People for the American Way
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
  • Pride at Work
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility
  • Public Citizen
  • Public Justice Center
  • SEIU
  • Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States Sierra Club
  • Small Planet Institute
  • Stand Up America
  • Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC)
  • Students for D.C. Statehood
  • The D.C. Statehood Coalition
  • The Democracy Initiative
  • The Democratic Coalition
  • The National Black Law Students Association
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE)UNITE HERE
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
  • 51 for 51