DC Statehood

Where We Stand

The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia has supported self government for the District since the 1920s and has endorsed statehood as a means of acquiring full rights since 1993.

Recent League News

National League Resources

The League of Women Voters Education Fund, in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia Education Fund, has created a DC Statehood Toolkit. Our local league chapter received the 2016 Neighbors United for DC Statehood Hoodie Award for Outreach on this effort.

The DC Statehood Toolkit can be found on the LWVUS website here.

LWVDC League Report

DC Statehood efforts in the District of Columbia

DC Statehood Commission. In 2014, the Council of the District of Columbia created the New Columbia Statehood Commission to coordinate the District's statehood initiatives. The Commission is an independent agency within DC government providing support to the Statehood Congressional Delegation in promoting statehood and voting rights to the District. 

Advisory Referendum on the State of New Columbia Admission Act Resolution of 2016, PR21-0839 The resolution approves the submission of a proposed advisory referendum to the Board of Elections that would allow voters to support statehood and ask to petition Congress to enact a statehood Admission Act, including boundaries of the future state of New Columbia and a constitution. Status: Passed.

Active Legislation in Congress

The New Columbia Admission Act is the legislation which would at last grant DC residents the rights of full citizenship enjoyed by Americans living in the 50 states. Namely, the right to full representation in the US House and US Senate, and the right to locally elected government free from Congressional interference.