Shaheen Appointed to United States Semiquincentennial Commission to Plan 250th Anniversary of the United States

**Shaheen: “New Hampshire has a deep-seated history in American democracy and it is with great privilege that I represent Granite Staters on this commission as we celebrate the success of our forefathers’ vision of freedom” **

November 15, 2016

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has been appointed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to serve on the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, a 32-member commission established by Congress to plan the 250th anniversary of the United States in July 2026.  The commission is comprised of 8 Members of Congress, 16 private citizens, and 8 federal officials and ex-officio members, and all meetings will take place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) was also appointed to the commission.

“I am honored to join the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission as we prepare to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the United States of America,” said Senator Shaheen. “As one of the original 13 states, New Hampshire has a deep-seated history in American democracy and it is with great privilege that I represent Granite Staters on this commission as we celebrate the success of our forefathers’ vision of freedom. I am grateful to Minority Leader Reid for appointing me and I look forward to joining my fellow Commissioners in Philadelphia.”

Ideated by USA250, a nonprofit organization, the Semiquincentennial Commission will facilitate national plans leading into the 250th anniversary and provide recommendations to the President and to Congress within two years of its formation.