June 9, 2022

Cassidy Celebrates National Seersucker Day in the Senate

Seersucker Day Photo

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today was joined by eight Senate colleagues in celebrating the ninth annual National Seersucker Day in the U.S. Senate.   

“It’s great to be back in seersucker,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Seersucker is a uniquely American and beloved New Orleans invention. I’m honored to be sharing this Louisiana tradition with my colleagues.”

Seersucker Group photo

Cassidy invited fellow senators, Senate staff, and Americans from all over the country to don their warm weather finest on this National Seersucker Day.  

Seersucker suits were popularized by a New Orleans businessman in the early 1900s. Former U.S. Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) brought Seersucker Thursday to Congress in 1996. After the tradition went unobserved in 2012 and 2013, Dr. Cassidy revived National Seersucker Day in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 and has continued the tradition in the Senate with the help of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). 

Cassidy entered the below statement establishing June 9, 2022 as the ninth annual National Seersucker Day into the Congressional Record. 

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. The first seersucker suit was designed by Joseph Haspel at his Broad Street facility in New Orleans, LA. Louisiana is proud to have played an important part in introducing the country to seersucker apparel.  

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 and continued this tradition in the U.S. Senate. This year, I wish to designate Thursday, June 9, 2022 as the 9th annual National Seersucker Day. I encourage everyone to wear seersucker on this day to commemorate this traditionally American clothing.