Costa, Valadao, Cicilline to Co-Chair Portuguese American Caucus

Feb 22, 2013
Press Release

Announce Membership for 113th Congress

February 22, 2013

Washington, DC- Reps. Jim Costa, David Valadao, and David Cicilline, co-chairs of the Congressional Portuguese Caucus, announced today the reorganization of the caucus and membership for the 113th Congress. The Caucus aims to strengthen the long-standing ties between the United States and Portugal as well as increase awareness of the achievements of the over 1 million Americans of Portuguese descent.

Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA):“As the grandson of 4 Portuguese immigrants, the values my family took from the Azores have never been far from my heart. They taught us that family and tradition were important and that in American anything can be accomplished through hard work. The Portuguese Caucus aims to strengthen the bonds of our two peoples and advocate for the mutual interests of the United States and Portugal.”

Rep. David Valadao (R-CA):“My family immigrated to the United States from the Azores Islands of Portugal in search of the American dream. With more than one million individuals of Portuguese descent living in the United States, many share stories similar to that of my family. As a result, the positive contributions Portuguese-Americans have made to our society are evident. As Co-Chairs of the Caucus, it is important that we do our part to represent this community in Washington.”

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI):“As the Representative for Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, I am proud to serve many constituents of Portuguese descent. Serving as a co-chair of the Congressional Portuguese Caucus will allow me to ensure that their voices are heard and interests are represented in Washington.”

Membership in the Portuguese-American Caucus for the 113th Congress:


Rep. Jim Costa, Calif.

Rep. David Cicilline, R.I.

Rep. David Valadao, Calif.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Texas

Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio

Rep. Michael Grimm, N.Y.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Hawaii

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Calif.

Rep. Mike Honda, Calif.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas