PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) will share a leadership role in the newly reorganized Congressional Portuguese Caucus.
The Rhode Island Democrat said Friday he will serve as co-chair along with Democrat Jim Costa and Republican David Valadao, both of California.
The aim of the caucus is to increase awareness of the achievements of the over 1 million individuals of Portuguese descent in the U.S. and strengthen ties between the two countries.
Providence during the early part of the 20th century served as a gateway for Portuguese immigration, and Rhode Island continues to have a sizeable Portuguese-American population.
Cicilline says his service as co-chair of the reorganized caucus will allow him to ensure their voices and interests are heard in Washington.