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H.R. 7107 (115th): Shirley Chisholm Congressional Gold Medal Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 30, 2018 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 7107


October 30, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Meeks, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Higgins of New York, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Richmond, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Norton, Mr. Brown of Maryland, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Fudge, Ms. Lee, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Engel, Mrs. Lawrence, Mr. Cummings, Ms. Plaskett, Ms. Blunt Rochester, Ms. Bass, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Ellison, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Serrano, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Mr. Evans, Mr. Clay, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Miss Rice of New York, Ms. Velázquez, Ms. Adams, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Ms. Meng, Mr. Rush, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Donovan, Ms. Moore, and Mr. Payne) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


To posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Shirley Chisholm.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Shirley Chisholm Congressional Gold Medal Act.



The Congress finds as follows:


Shirley Chisholm was a pioneer: She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress in 1968 where she served until 1982.


Shirley Chisholm inspired and led the march of political achievement by African Americans and women in the three decades since she ran for the Presidency of the United States.


Her election to Congress and her candidacy for the Presidency raised the profile and aspirations of all African Americans and women in the field of politics.


Shirley Chisholm was recognized for her activism, independence, and groundbreaking achievements in politics during and after the civil rights era.


Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 30, 1924, attended Brooklyn College, and earned a Master's degree from Columbia University.


Shirley Chisholm worked in education and social services before being elected to the New York State Assembly in 1964.


Shirley Chisholm established the Unity Democratic Club in 1960, which played a significant role in rallying Black and Hispanic voters in New York City.


In 1969, Shirley Chisholm began her service in the 91st Congress, representing Brooklyn's 12th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.


During her service in the House of Representatives, Shirley Chisholm promoted the employment of women in Congress and was vocal in her support of civil rights, women's rights, and the poor, while fervently opposing the Vietnam War.


In 1972, Shirley Chisholm was the first African American to seek the nomination of a major party for President of the United States.


Shirley Chisholm was a co-founder of the National Organization for Women.


An historic figure in American political history, Shirley Chisholm died at the age of 80 in Ormond Beach, Florida, on New Year’s Day 2005.


Congressional gold medal


Presentation Authorized

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate arrangements for the posthumous presentation, on behalf of the Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design in commemoration of Shirley Chisholm, in recognition of her activism, independence, and groundbreaking achievements in politics, her election as the first African-American woman in the Congress, and her campaign to be the first African American to gain the nomination of a major political party for President of the United States.


Design and striking

For purposes of the presentation referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (referred to in this Act as the Secretary) shall strike a gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by the Secretary.


Duplicate medals

The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 3 under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, at a price sufficient to cover the cost thereof, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.


Status of medals


National medals

The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.


Numismatic items

For purposes of section 5134 of title 31, United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.