Welcome to the DC Statehood Coalition

where you can learn more about what it will take to create the 51st State.


The people of Washington, DC deserve the same rights as Americans living in the 50 states. We want full voting representation in the US Congress and an end to Congressional interference in our local government. 


We can do this by creating the 51st state from the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia, preserving a smaller federal district as the nation's capital.









Keep up with DC Statehood Bill News! 


Known officially as the State of Washington, DC Admission Act, the legislation from DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (HR 51 in the House) has been reintroduced in the new Congress with a record 221 cosponsors. A companion bill from Sen. Tom Carper (DE) -- S. 631 -- has been reintroduced in the Senate with a record 34 cosponsors. For the full list of past and present Congressional cosponsors, see here.


DC activists are working on a wide variety of projects designed to expand education about the workings of local Washington, DC, on defending and expanding DC Home Rule and on fully enfranchising the people of Washington, DC through statehood.


House Oversight Committee Hearing: Recap

The US House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7), held a hearing on Thursday, September 19 on HR 51, the Washington, DC Admission Act in Rayburn House Building chaired by DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, with crowds spilling over beyond the hearing room, two overflow rooms and into Spirit of Justice Park. This was the first hearing we have witnessed in the House of Representatives since 1993. While much of the discussion focused on familiar debates about the Constitution and criticisms of Washington, DC's local government, local witnesses, including Mayor Muriel Bowser, Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt and lifelong resident and veteran Kerwin Miller all stood firm in arguing that DC is ready for statehood.


You can see a good recap of the hearing from Washington Citypaper here. You can see the full hearing on the website of the House Oversight Committee here. If you'd like to see more, you can also see the proceedings of a similar hearing on the constitutionality of the DC Statehood bill, which was held in the US Senate's Homeland Security and Government Oversight Committee in 2014, here.


Cosponsors: Majority Support for #DCStatehood in the House

We achieved an outright majority in cosponsors in the same week as the House Oversight Committee hearing on HR 51. With the addition of Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-3) and Rep. Angie Craig (MN-2), we achieved an outright majority of voting members (218+), as well as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), who renewed her previous cosponsorship.


New Tool: Find the Congressional District

See the full list of cosponsors -- AND Not Yet Cosponsors. We have added a link on our Statehood in Congress page which includes information on all the remaining representatives and senators who have yet to cosponsor HR 51 and S. 631. You can also see the geographic descriptions for each of these House districts. If you have family or close friends in some of these states, take a look and see if they live in one of our targeted Congressional districts!


#DCStatehood Goes National

The last few weeks have been big, even since our HUGE lobby day at the end of February. First, we had the passage of HR 1, the Democratic Party's resolution on voting rights, elections and democracy reform. Included in HR 1 was language supporting statehood for the people of Washington, DC, quoting from the findings included in HR 51 and S. 631, which summarize the argument for statehood. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer also stood firm in his support for DC Statehood in an interview for The Atlantic.


In addition, New Yorker staff writer Osita Nwanevu wrote a piece presenting a terrific historical overview of the more than 200 years of local DC campaigns for voting rights, Congressional representation, home rule and, finally, DC statehood. If you're looking to educate some friends and/or family about the history of our movement, this would be a great place to start. See more here. (And for Twitter fans, check out Nwanevu's great DC history timeline tweet thread.)



DC Statehood 2019 Lobby Day #1 -- WOW!!!

Activists turned out in record numbers on February 27, with well over 200 local Washingtonians visiting Congressional staff in almost 100 offices. Following a meeting with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia announced his cosponsorship, as well as Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27). DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton addressed volunteers in the Rayburn House Building, thanking everyone for their help, as well as announcing the official introduction of the companion bill in the Senate, S. 631, sponsored once again by longtime #DCStatehood champion Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time Wednesday morning, afternoon (or all day)! Stay tuned as we announce many more new cosponsors in the days to come!



Upcoming Events


TBA (Stay Tuned!)

House Floor Vote on HR 51

This will be the first House vote on #DCStatehood in the US House in more than 25 years. With more than an outright majority in cosponsors already (221 as of September 20), we expect to see this bill pass -- for the first time in history -- in the months to come.




Check out our newest #DCStatehood video!

Our newest video, Justice for DC, is on YouTube and features interviews and recollections from a variety of Washingtonians who explain the difference between being a resident of a state and a resident of the District of Columbia, and why they want Statehood.



Check out our 51st State video!

Inspired by Last Week Tonight Host and Former Daily Show Correspondent John Oliver, who devoted an episode to the absurdity of the political status of the residents of the District of Columbia. See the full Last Week Tonight clip here (and note that some of this late night HBO language may not be suitable for young kids). We turned Mr. Oliver's new and improved "50 States Song" into a proper 51st State Song. To see the revised lyrics, please click here.



Statehood marchers at the Capitol Hill Parade, July 4, 2015.


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