Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month
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To kick off #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, we are highlighting Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) and his family, who came to the United States from the Azores Island of Portugal in 1969. The Valadao family settled in the Central Valley, where they established a small dairy farm. Born in 1977, David Valadao attended local schools and grew up on his parent’s dairy farm. Valadao graduated from Hanford High School in 1995 where he met and went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Terra. Today, the couple lives on their Hanford dairy farm with their three beautiful children. Valadao became interested in politics as a regional leadership council chairman for an agriculture cooperative, a position that took him to Sacramento and Washington to advocate for dairy farmers. In 2010, Valadao was elected to represent California’s 30th State Assembly District. In 2012, Valadao was elected to represent California’s 21st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently in his third term, Congressman Valadao sits on the House Appropriations Committee and has established himself as a leader on agriculture and immigration policy. 
“As the son of immigrants, I grew up experiencing first-hand the obstacles many immigrants face. I also know very well the work ethic of immigrant families, how they have become an essential part of the American workforce and are integral to our heritage and country’s ideals. I am proud to have grown up with the incredible example set by my parents, who worked so hard to give my siblings and I all the opportunities America has to offer.”
- Congressman Valadao
About CHLI: 
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and corporate leaders to advance the Hispanic community's economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests, and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. 
CHLI Board of Directors 

Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Vice Chairman
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
Vice Chairman
Ray Dempsey, Jr., Treasurer
BP America
Emilio X. Gonzalez, Secretary

Congressional Board Members
Honorable Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Honorable William Hurd (TX-23)
Honorable Bill Flores (TX-17)
Honorable Raul Labrador (ID-01)
Honorable Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Honorable Albio Sires (NJ-08)
Honorable David Valadao (CA-21)

Corporate Board Members
Silvia Aldana
PG&E Corporation
LaKeitha Anderson
RAI Services Co.
Angela Maria Arboleda
Herbalife International of America
Joedis Avila
Ford Motor Company
Rudy Beserra
The Coca-Cola Company
Juan Carlos Gutierrez
John Hoel
Altria Client Services
Univision Communications, Inc.
David Olivencia
Juan Otero
Comcast | NBCUniversal | Telemundo
Orlando Padilla
Padilla Networks
Nicolas Perez Stable
CHC Helicopters
Nathalie Rayes
Grupo Salinas
Lauren Robitaille
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Susan I. Santana, Esq.
AT&T Services, Inc.
Christopher Turner
Dell, Inc.
Patrice Webb
American Beverage Association
Pro-Bono General Counsel
Alejandro Sarria
Covington & Burling, LLP
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