May 28, 2015

Cassidy Announces National Seersucker Day

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced National Seersucker Day will be held this year on Thursday, June 11, 2015:

“Seersucker is more than fabric—it’s a symbol of American made products that create manufacturing, shipping and sales jobs across the country. It is also the melding of fashion with comfort. Seersucker was invented in Louisiana but now belongs to all Americans. I am proud to further a Congressional 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 U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, and will continue the tradition in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who reintroduced the tradition in the Senate last year, is 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 U.S. Capitol following votes, around 2pm, on Thursday, June 11th.

Below is the resolution entered into the U.S. Congressional Record establishing National Seersucker Day:

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

Mr. CASSIDY. Mr. President, today I rise in appreciation of seersucker manufacturers and enthusiasts across the country. I extend a Happy Seersucker Day. This uniquely American fashion has a storied history dating back to 1909. Louisiana is proud to be 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, LA.

This lightweight cotton fabric, known for its signature “pucker” has been enjoyed by Americans from all walks of life during our 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 am proud to have restarted this tradition last year in the U.S. House of Representatives by designating Wednesday, June 11th as National Seersucker day. I wish to continue this tradition in U.S. Senate by designating Thursday, June 11th as National Seersucker Day once again. I encourage everyone to wear seersucker on this day to commemorate this iconic American clothing.

I yield back.