A District of Columbia lawmaker says comedian John Oliver’s TV show has done more to advance the cause of statehood for the District than any other event to date.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, John Oliver speaks at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" in New York.  Jon Stewart's 16-year-long run as host of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," has helped launch comedy careers. In April 2014, this droll Brit debuted his own weekly comic-commentary show, "Last Week Tonight," on HBO. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

John Oliver of “Last Week Tonight”. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Democratic Councilmember Mary Cheh said Aug. 5 she’ll introduce a ceremonial resolution honoring Oliver for a segment that aired Aug. 2 on his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight.”

Oliver spent 17 minutes exploring the District’s lack of representation in Congress and what that means for the city’s 658,000 residents. He argued that without statehood, people who live in the nation’s capital are denied democracy.

Cheh says she hopes that Oliver’s advocacy “will energize the rest of the nation.”

Republicans in Congress have long opposed statehood for the District. Last year, Congress held its first hearing on the issue in 21 years.