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Mayor Bowser to Give Updates on Statehood Efforts at New Columbia Statehood Commission Meeting

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Washington, DC Admission Act Secures Historic Amount of Co-Sponsors in Congress

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, December 6, at 1 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Co-Chairs of the New Columbia Statehood Commission, will examine current efforts and provide key updates on DC’s push to secure statehood. Mayor Bowser will be joined by Shadow Senators Paul Strauss, Michael Brown, and Shadow Representative Franklin Garcia, who also serve on the Commission.

Last November, DC residents overwhelmingly demonstrated broad support for statehood, when nearly 80 percent of voters approved an advisory referendum to make Washington, DC the 51st state.

The Washington, DC Admission Act, introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on March 1, 2017, now has a historic 141 co-sponsors. The Senate version of the bill, introduced by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) on May 25, 2017, has 20 co-sponsors.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 1 pm


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson
Senator Paul Strauss
Senator Michael Brown
Representative Franklin Garcia
Beverly Perry, Senior Advisor to Mayor Muriel Bowser


John A. Wilson Building, Room G-9
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
*Closest Metros: Metro Center and Federal Triangle Metro Stations*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16.