Costa, Valadao Introduce Resolution Recognizing Portuguese Influence on American Values, Culture

Jun 7, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) introduced H.Res 459, a bipartisan resolution recognizing June as Portuguese Heritage Month and celebrating the historic, cultural, and significant contributions Portuguese Americans have made to the United States.

“I’m honored to introduce this legislation that recognizes the significant contributions of the Portuguese Community to our society,” said Rep. Costa. Portuguese-Americans have helped shape American culture and economic growth and I'm proud of their influence on our country. As the grandson of Portuguese immigrants, I know firsthand of the dedication to family, hard work and commitment to tradition that they hold so dear – values that we all share as Americans.”

“As a Portuguese American, I am incredibly honored to be a member of a community that has contributed so much to the United States,” said Congressman Valadao. “The story of my family’s emigration from the Azores Islands of Portugal is truly one of the American Dream, and the over one million Portuguese Americans across the nation share a unique heritage rooted in community, perseverance, and pride. I am pleased to celebrate this heritage alongside my colleagues in the House of Represetatives.”