The House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 5599) to name the new Census Bureau headquarters building in Suitland, MD, after President Thomas Jefferson, who as Secretary of State oversaw the first census in 1790. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) sponsored the bill. The measure’s bipartisan original cosponsors include Rep. Tom Davis, senior Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which oversees the census and federal statistical policy generally.
Rep. Maloney called Jefferson “the father of the modern census” who “knew an accurate census was the key to fulfilling the Founding Father’s vision of a government with fair representation.” The House Committee on Transportation approved H.R. 5599 earlier this month; the House approved the bill by voice vote on June 4. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.