On Monday, freshman U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., announced she will serve on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to help plan the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.
“The organization works collaboratively with public and private entities across the country to make America 250 the largest and most inclusive commemoration in our nation’s history,” the congresswoman’s office noted.
“I am thrilled to welcome Representative Maria Salazar as the eighth congressional member of our bipartisan Commission. Congresswoman Salazar’s experience as a passionate advocate for democracy aligns with our mission and values. Her representation of Florida’s 27th Congressional District furthers our goal to reach each and every American during this historic milestone,” said Daniel DiLella, the chairman of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission.
“As the daughter of exiles who fled tyranny to find freedom in America, I am beyond honored to serve on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission. It is a privilege to work together and celebrate this incredible country, a beacon of freedom and democracy, that welcomed so many in my community with open arms,” said Salazar on Monday.
“During the official commemorative period beginning in 2020, culminating on July 4, 2026, and extending through 2027, America 250 has the opportunity to engage nearly 350 million Americans and millions more friends worldwide through programs, educational outreach, and signature events,” the congresswoman’s office noted. “The America 250 Foundation and U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission anticipate helping to plan more than 100,000 officially recognized programs designed to educate, engage and unite the American people.”
A longtime TV journalist, Salazar defeated U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., last year in a rematch of their 2018 contest. Salazar represents most of Miami and sits on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs and the Small Business Committees.
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