CAPAC Members Celebrate Lunar New Year

Feb 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements to celebrate the Lunar New Year:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“Happy Lunar New Year to everyone in the United States and around the world who are welcoming the Year of the Dog! As we gather with family and loved ones today, let us also honor the rich cultural heritage and contributions of our Asian American and immigrant communities that greatly strengthen our nation. May the Year of the Dog bring great prosperity, peace, and good fortune to all!”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“I wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year to those celebrating in our district and across the United States. During Lunar New Year, families and friends come together and celebrate this time-honored tradition of hope and joy for the future. May everyone have a prosperous, happy and healthy new year."

Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34):

“Happy Lunar New Year to the families celebrating in California and around the world! Throughout the day, let us remember that immigrants have enhanced our country’s culture and shaped America into a better and stronger nation. The beauty of our nation is that people of all ethnicities relish in the celebrations while learning about the history of the Lunar New Year and the countless contributions of the Asian American community. In the Year of the Dog, we welcome in hope, peace, and prosperity.”

Congressman Al Green (TX-09):

“I would like to wish a Happy Lunar New Year to all those who celebrate this auspicious occasion in the Ninth Congressional District of Texas and across the world. As we usher in the Year of the Dog with our family and friends, we are again reminded that our great nation is strengthened and enriched by its diversity. May your celebrations be filled with love, light, and prosperity.”

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01):

“Hello everyone! Happy Lunar New Year! This year is the Year of the Dog, and I wish you and your family a prosperous and stable year. I hope you have good health and a successful career!”

Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“Happy Lunar New Year to all those celebrating in California’s 17th, in the United States, and around the world. It is an honor to celebrate the rich, diverse culture of our own country during this holiday and I wish everyone a joyful time with their family and friends, and a healthy and prosperous Year of the Dog.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“Today, I’m proud to join the East Bay and people around the country in celebrating the Lunar New Year. As we start the Year of the Dog, I hope everyone takes time to reflect on the past and celebrate this new beginning with your family and community. I wish you all a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year!”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06):

“It is a pleasure to send my warmest greetings to all who observe Lunar New Year. For the Asian American community, Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year. It is a special and festive time for families and friends to come together and celebrate, and it’s also a time to recognize the important heritage of Asian Americans. This year marks the third year that Lunar New Year is an official school holiday in my hometown of New York City, a school holiday that I am proud to have played a role in creating. And this week, I reintroduced a resolution that calls on the House to officially recognize the holiday. To everybody celebrating in Queens and throughout the nation, I wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful New Year as you usher in the Year of the Dog.”

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32):

“Happy Lunar New Year to everyone across California’s San Gabriel Valley and around the world celebrating the start of the Year of the Dog! People born in the year of Dog are known for great loyalty and honesty, virtues we would all do well to embody in our daily interactions. May this year fill you and your loved ones with peace, happiness, prosperity, and good health. Gong Xi Fa Cai!”

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52):

“I want to wish AAPI communities in San Diego and across the country a happy and healthy Lunar New Year. Celebrations for the Year of the Dog showcase the cultures and traditions of Asian Pacific Americans, and also call to mind the themes of loyalty and honesty embodied by this zodiac sign. As a leader born in the Year of the Dog, I will uphold its characteristics of communication, seriousness, and responsibility in my work in Congress and with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. May the new year bring peace and prosperity to all.”

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03):

“Happy Lunar New Year to those celebrating this festive occasion in Nevada, across our country, and around the world. As we celebrate the Year of the Dog, I wish everyone wellness, good health, and prosperity. Our country's rich and diverse cultural heritage is what makes us so special, and I’m grateful to take part in honoring this celebration as well as the many contributions of Nevada’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.”

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40):

“Happy Lunar New Year!  As we celebrate the Year of the Dog, let us honor the history, traditions, and rich culture of our Asian American community. I hope all who observe this new year share this joyous time with family and friends.  May you enjoy health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year!  Gung Hay Fat Choy!”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“It is with great excitement that I wish a Happy Lunar New Year to all! It is a pleasure to join in celebrating traditions and holidays of Asian-Americans that live in the ethnically diverse community of Washington’s Ninth district. As we celebrate the year of the Dog, a symbol of loyalty and honesty, I want to wish those in the Ninth Congressional District of Washington and beyond, a year of peace and good health!”

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07):

“As families gather in the coming weeks, let me wish a joyous celebration to all those observing the Lunar New Year.  A time to honor ancestors, bring life to cherished traditions and celebrate a year full of hard work, may this Year of the Dog create many new memories.

“For generations, New York’s Asian communities have been central to our vibrant cultural tapestry. I wish all my friends and neighbors good luck and prosperity in the New Year.”

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12):

“I want to wish a healthy, prosperous and peaceful year of the Dog to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year. As friends and family gather to celebrate and honor their traditions, we are reminded of the beauty of our nation’s diversity. New Jersey is a better state from the significant contributions of our Asian American community members.”


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.