Hagedorn Opposes D.C. Statehood

April 22, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today voted against H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which would unconstitutionally create the state of “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth” out of the existing District of Columbia. The bill passed along a party line vote of 216-208.

Rep. Hagedorn issued the following statement after the vote:

“This legislation is nothing but a power grab by Democrats that rejects the intentions of the framers and sidesteps the entire statehood process outlined in the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers' original intentions when creating Washington, D.C. were simply to designate an area within our country to seat the federal government which would remain separate from the states in the Union.

“If Democrats were serious about statehood, they would pursue it through a constitutional amendment – requiring two-thirds of the House of Representatives and Senate to approve and three-quarters of states to ratify. Instead, H.R. 51 only serves as another vehicle for Speaker Pelosi to consolidate Democrat power and enact their socialist agenda.”

Jim Hagedorn was reelected in 2020 to serve Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives for a second term. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers, and Jim resides in the rural community of Blue Earth. During his time in Congress, Hagedorn has consistently fought for the conservative principles that have made America the greatest nation in the history of the world and championed legislation to promote the First District’s primary industries and job creators – farming, small business and medical care. Hagedorn is a member of the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business.