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H.R. 7865 (116th): National Commission on Renaming the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Headquarters Building Act of 2020

About the bill

Should the bureau have its headquarters named after its most prominent and influential director, given the controversy surrounding him?


J. Edgar Hoover was the most famous and longest-serving director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), leading the organization from 1924 to 1972. That even predates its FBI name, which wasn’t acquired until 1935. (Younger generations may primarily know Hoover from his portrayal by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2011 movie J. Edgar.)

Under Hoover’s leadership, the FBI grew enormously in size and influence, although much of his record was controversial at the time and particularly in light of evolving societal norms. For example, while Martin Luther King Jr. is considered a national hero now, at the time Hoover considered King subversive and tried to convince King …

Sponsor and status

Gerald Connolly

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 11th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Length: 6 pages
Jul 30, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 30, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)



Jul 30, 2020

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H.R. 7865 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 7865. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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