May 16, 2016

Cassidy Announces National Seersucker Day Is Thursday, June 9, 2016

WASHINGTON— US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 9, 2016:

“National Seersucker Day is the celebration of American made products. Seersucker was invented in Louisiana but can now be found in closets across the country.


“The history of seersucker suits in the Senate dates back to the summers of the early 20th century, before air conditioning was commonplace. According to the Senate Historian, the tradition of Seersucker Thursday began in 1996. I am proud to continue this tradition.”

A part of Louisiana’s heritage, the original seersucker suit was created in Louisiana. Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) brought the tradition to Congress in 1996, yet it was briefly discontinued in 2012. Dr.  Cassidy reintroduced National Seersucker Day in the US House of Representatives in 2014, and has continued the tradition in the US Senate. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is again co-introducing.

Dr. Cassidy is urging everyone, across the nation, to put on their puckered prints as a celebration of American made products. Senators are invited for an official photograph at the Ohio Clock in the US Capitol following votes on Thursday, June 9th. Votes are expected around 2pm ET. Updates will be provided following the announcement of the voting schedule.

Below is the resolution entered into the US Congressional Record establishing the third annual National Seersucker Day:

I ask unanimous consent that the following statement be included in the record.

Mr. CASSIDY. Mr. President, today I rise in recognition of seersucker manufacturers and enthusiasts across the United States. I wish everyone a Happy National Seersucker Day. This uniquely American fashion has a storied history dating back to 1909. Louisiana is proud to have played an important part in introducing the country to seersucker apparel. The first seersucker suit was designed by Joseph Haspel at his Broad Street facility in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This lightweight cotton fabric, known for its signature pucker, has been worn and enjoyed by Americans across the country during the hot summer months. Mr. Haspel said it best, “hot is hot, no matter what you do for a living.” In the 1990s, Seersucker Day was established by members of this chamber to honor this unique American fashion. I proudly resumed this tradition in 2014 in the U.S. House of Representatives by designating Wednesday, June 11th as National Seersucker Day. I have continued this tradition in the U.S. Senate and wish to designate Thursday, June 9th as the 3rd Annual National Seersucker Day. I encourage everyone to wear seersucker on this day to commemorate this iconic American clothing.

I yield back.