Lynch and Culberson Introduce Legislation to Honor Adams’ Family Legacy

Jul 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08) and Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) introduced H.R. 5748, To establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107-62, and for other purposes. The Adams Memorial Commission will establish a permanent memorial to honor John Adams and his legacy in Washington, D.C. 

President John Adams served the United States as the second President, the first Vice President, a diplomat, a defender of due process, and a Founding Father. President Adams and his family dedicated their lives to the ideals and values upon which our country was founded. President Adams was the first President to reside in the District of Columbia and occupy the President’s House, now known as the White House. Yet, there is no memorial in Washington, D.C. dedicated to President Adams and his family legacy.

“President John Adams was a remarkable leader and a steadfast public servant. Adams was one of our most influential Founding Fathers and it is a glaring oversight that there is no memorial in our nation’s capital honoring John Adams and his family and their role in shaping our nation,” said Congressman Lynch. “H.R. 5748 will reinvigorate the effort to establish this long overdue memorial and complement the important work the Adams Memorial Foundation has accomplished over the years. I thank Congressman Culberson and our colleagues for their bipartisan support of this important initiative to rightfully honor Adams in Washington, D.C.”

“John Adams’ principled courage and his relentless commitment to liberty were essential to the success of the American Revolution and the creation of the United States. This monument to John Adams and the rich legacy of the Adams family is long overdue,” said Congressman Culberson. “I’m pleased to introduce this legislation with Congressman Lynch to honor our nation’s second president and his tireless efforts to create this great nation.  I also want to thank the Adams Memorial Foundation for their diligence in ensuring that we honor one of America's most influential Founding Fathers.”

“The Adams Memorial Foundation praises Representatives Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) and John Culberson (R-TX) for introducing bipartisan legislation to establish a permanent memorial to honor John Adams and his legacy as a Founding Father of our nation.  This important legislation will establish the Adams Memorial Commission, composed of appointees by the President and Congress, to build on the work of the Adams Memorial Foundation in designing and constructing a long overdue memorial we can all be proud of honoring a family that made an indelible impression on the framework of the United States,” said Ben Adams, President of the Adams Memorial Foundation. “We encourage Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to join them in this bipartisan effort.”

In particular, the bipartisan Adams Memorial Commission will be composed of four presidential appointees, four members of the United States Senate, and four members of the United States House of Representatives. The Commission is required to report its recommendations for the nature, location, design, and construction of the memorial to the President and Congress at the earliest date possible and will report annually on its progress. 

H.R. 5748 is co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Steve Chabot (OH-01), Bill Keating (MA-09), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Joe Kennedy (MA-04), Richard E. Neal (MA-01), Niki Tsongas (MA-03), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Seth Moulton (MA-06), and Michael E. Capuano (MA-07).