Valley Reps to Lead Portuguese-American Caucus

San Joaquin Valley Reps. David Valadao, R-Hanford, and Jim Costa, D-Fresno, are sharing leadership in the newly reformed Congressional Portuguese-American Caucus.

Along with Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline, Valadao and Costa will be serving as co-chairs of the caucus that’s always a popular one among Valley lawmakers. Valadao, in a statement Thursday, said that “as a first-generation Portuguese immigrant, it is important that I do my part to represent this community while in Washington.” Valadao added that the caucus members will “raise awareness of the contributions Portuguese Americans have made and of the importance of strong bilateral ties between the two nations.”

“We will be working together to raise awareness about the contributions that the over 1 million Americans of Portuguese descent have made to our nation,” Costa added.

A past member of the caucus, former Rep. Dennis Cardoza of Merced, was presented by Portugal’s ambassador to the United States earlier this month with the title of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry, the Navigator. The award honored Cardoza’s work on behalf of U.S.-Portuguese ties during his time in the House.