Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen Confirmed As DC Vote’s Final “Champion of Democracy” Honoree

December 7th, 2022

Patrice Snow
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Washington, DC – Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen has been announced as the third and final Champion of Democracy honoree at tomorrow’s “The UnGala” event hosted by DC Statehood advocacy organization DC Vote. Senator Van Hollen has been a huge champion of voting rights, including co-sponsoring S. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. His steady leadership has moved the ball forward on DC Statehood and he released the following statement upon learning of his Champion of Democracy Award:

“Our democracy isn’t guaranteed. It works only if we believe in it, participate in it, and commit to strengthening it so that it better reflects the will of all Americans. And a part of that important mission is ensuring that all voices across our nation have full, fair, and equal representation – including citizens in the District of Columbia,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I stand with DC Vote in the fight for representation for the people of the District, and I’m humbled to accept their Champion of Democracy Award. We’re in this fight together to make sure all our citizens have voting representation at all levels of government, and we won’t give up until we succeed.”

Tomorrow, DC Vote will celebrate their 2022 wins at “The UnGala” event at the Renaissance Hotel. Because of the Art Drives Statehood campaign focusing on how art and culture shapes the politics of the DC Statehood debate, the group has decided to highlight local artists whose work drives the movement forward. These two artists, Brian Bailey and Ashley Jaye Williams, will also be featured throughout the night.