As you may remember from your 4th grade history class, before a bill can become law, it must first be signed by the President, but did you know that it must also be signed by the Speaker of the House

Sometimes, bill signing ceremonies can take place in front of lots of cameras with many members of Congress gathered around, but more often than not, these legislative victories are celebrated in a quieter fashion, with Speaker Boehner congratulating the sponsor of the legislation one-on-one.

NOTE: Each of the seven bills featured here ultimately went on to become law.

1. Searching for a Pen  |  March 5, 2014  |  Learn more

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act, sponsored by Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)

2.  The Official Pen Pass Off  |  May 21, 2014  |  Learn more

S. 309, a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol, sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)

3.  Heck of a Handshake  |  July 16, 2014  |  Learn more

H.R. 697, the Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV)

4.  O-H-I-O  |  December 3, 2014  |  Learn more

Jack Nicklaus, a native of Ohio, became the seventh athlete in history to be presented with a Congressional Gold Medal, sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)

5.  And YOU Get a Pen  |  July 21, 2015  |  Learn more

The Steve Gleason Act, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

6. A Freshman's First Law  |  July 27, 2015  |  Learn more

H.R. 1626, the DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act, sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23)

7. The Power of the Pen  |  July 11, 2014  |  Learn more

H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act // The signing pen itself bears Speaker Boehner's signature


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