06 - 06 March 2018

Meet the Congressional Portuguese American Caucus - Friends of Portugal in the Senate

Official Residence of Portugal´s Ambassador to US 2125 Kalorama Road, NW  Washington, DC 20008
Reception hosted by the Portuguese Ambassador to US, Domingos Fezas Vital on the occasion of PUSCC visit to Washington DC.

When: March 6th, 7:00pm ET
Where: Official Residence of Portugal´s Ambassador to US
2125 Kalorama Road, NW  Washington, DC 20008

Portuguese-American Caucus in the House of Representatives:

The Portuguese-American Caucus was established in 1995 with 38 congressmen. It was founded by Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (RI1-D) and co-chaired with Congressman Richard Pombo (CA11-R) until Pombo left office in 2007.

The Caucus has been continuously active since 1995 shown by the numerous initiatives it has championed; for example, the Dual Taxation Agreement (1996), the Visa Waiver Program (1999), sanctions against Indonesia regarding the violence in East Timor (1999), numerous Portuguese language initiatives including the attempt to add Portuguese to the College Board’s SAT-II and Advanced Placement Curriculum (2005), the Portuguese Village at the Concordia Language Village in Minnesota (2008), the fight on the House floor for the congressional grant supporting the new Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College (2007) and the ongoing struggle to maintain the U.S. Airbase at Lajes, Terceira.

With Congressman Kennedy’s retirement from office in January, 2011, PALCUS worked to renew the registration of the Caucus under the leadership of Congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Congressman Jim Costa of California as well as with Congressional representation from East Coast districts.

Friends of Portugal in the Senate

Friends of Portugal was created to serve as the parallel body of supporters of Portuguese-American issues in the U.S. Senate. Co-chaired by Senator Ben Nighthourse Campbell (CO-R) until 2005 and Senator Jack Reed (RI-D), the Friends have traditionally represented the most populous Portuguese-American states of California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.


(as of 08/2017)


Co-Chairs and Members:

Rep. David Cicilline , Co-Chair, (D-RI 1)

Rep. Jim Costa*, Co-Chair, (D-CA 16)

Rep. David G. Valadao*, Co-Chair, (R-CA 21)

Rep. Lee Zeldin, Co-Chair, (R-NY 1)

Rep. Jeff Denham, (R-CA10)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, (D-TX 35)

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, (D-OH 11)

Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-CA49)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX 18)

Rep. Bill Keating, (D-MA 9)

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, (D-MA4)

Rep. Jim Langevin, (D-RI 2)

Rep. Doug Lamborn, (R-CO5)

Rep. John Larson, (D-CT1)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, (D-CA 19)

Rep. Stephen Lynch, (D-MA8)

Rep. Jim McGovern, (D-MA 2)

Rep. Richard E. Neal, (D-MA 1)

Rep. Devin Nunes*, (R-CA 22)

Rep. David Rouzer, (R-NC7)

Rep. Linda Sanchez, (D-CA 38)

Rep. Albio Sires, (D-NJ8)

Rep. Eric Swalwell, (D-CA15)

Rep. Niki Tsongas, (D- MA 3)

Rep. Steve Womack, (R-AR3)

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA 9)

Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA 52)


Co-Chairs and Members:

Sen. Jack Reed, Co-Chair, (D-RI)

Sen. Patrick Toomey*, Co-Chair, (R-PA)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, (D-CT)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA)

Sen. Kamala Harris, (D-CA)

Sen. Ed Markey, (D-MA)

Sen. Elisabeth Warren, (D-MA)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-RI)

* Portuguese descent