May 22, 2017

Cassidy Announces National Seersucker Day to be Thursday, June 8, 2017


WASHINGTON—US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 8, 2017:


“National Seersucker Day celebrates American-made products. Seersucker suits originated in Louisiana, but are now worn across the country,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Seersucker Thursday began in 1996 and I am proud to continue this tradition alongside my colleague Senator Feinstein.”


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. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is again co-introducing.


Dr. Cassidy urges 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 on Thursday, June 8th at 9:30am ET.


Cassidy and Feinstein sent a letter to their Senate colleagues, inviting them to participate. Click here to read that letter.


Read the resolution entered into the US Congressional Record establishing the fourth annual National Seersucker Day below:


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. The storied history of this uniquely American fashion dates back to 1909 when Joseph Haspel designed the first seersucker suit at his Broad Street facility in New Orleans. Louisiana is proud to have played an important part in introducing the country to seersucker apparel.


During the hot summer months, Americans across the country have worn and enjoyed this lightweight cotton fabric, known for its signature pucker. Mr. Haspel said it best, “hot is hot, no matter what you do for a living.” In the 1990s, members of this chamber established Seersucker Day 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 8th as the 4th Annual National Seersucker Day. I encourage everyone to wear seersucker on this day to commemorate this iconic American clothing.



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