Henry Cuellar

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Henry Cuellar
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U.S. House, Texas, District 28
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCiro Rodriguez (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$11.38 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,165,902
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas Secretary of State
2001
Texas House of Representatives
1987-2001
Education
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
Associate'sLaredo Community College
Master'sTexas A&M University
J.D.University of Texas
Ph.D.University of Texas
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 19, 1955
Place of birthLaredo, Texas
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$855,006
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Henry Roberto Cuellar (b. September 19, 1955, in Laredo, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Cuellar represents Texas' 28th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2004.

Cuellar most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated William Hayward (R), Patrick Hisel (L) and Michael Cary (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Cuellar began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he served from 1987 to 2001. He also briefly served as Texas Secretary of State in 2001.

Cuellar is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cuellar is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Cuellar received his associate's degree from Laredo Community College and his bachelor's from Georgetown University. He then earned his J.D. at the University of Texas and his master's from Texas A&M. Later, while a representative in the part-time Texas House of Representatives, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He has also worked as a lawyer.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Cuellar serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Cuellar was a member of the following House committees:[4]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Cuellar's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Cuellar voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Cuellar voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Cuellar voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Cuellar voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Cuellar joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Cuellar voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Cuellar voted for HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Cuellar voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Cuellar was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Cuellar voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Cuellar voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[24]

Social issues

House vote on abortion ban

Voted "Yes" On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196 on HR1797,[25]mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy[26][27] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic, as the Senate is not expected to take up the bill, and the White House has threatened to veto the legislation.[28] Cuellar was one of six Democratic members who voted in favor of the ban.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Cuellar voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[29]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Henry Cuellar's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Cuellar is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Cuellar received a score of 41 percent on personal issues and 38 percent on economic issues.[30]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Neutral
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Neutral
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[30]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 28th Congressional District elections, 2014

Cuellar is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 28th Congressional District elections, 2012

Cuellar won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 28th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He defeated William Hayward (R), Patrick Hisel (L) and Michael Cary (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31][32]

U.S. House, Texas District 28 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Cuellar Incumbent 67.9% 112,456
     Republican William R. Hayward 29.8% 49,309
     Libertarian Patrick Hisel 1.5% 2,473
     Green Michael D. Cary 0.8% 1,407
Total Votes 165,645
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Henry Cuellar won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bryan Underwood (R) and Stephen Kaat (L) in the general election.[33]

U.S. House, Texas District 28 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Cuellar incumbent 56.3% 62,773
     Republican Bryan Underwood 42% 46,740
     Libertarian Stephen Kaat 1.7% 1,889
Total Votes 111,402

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cuellar is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Cuellar raised a total of $8,165,902 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[38]

Henry Cuellar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 28) Won $1,672,433
2010 US House (Texas, District 28) Won $1,247,643
2008 US House (Texas, District 28) Won $1,423,483
2006 US House (Texas, District 28) Won $1,718,752
2004 US House (Texas, District 28) Won $1,036,123
2002 US House (Texas, District 23) Defeated $1,067,468
Grand Total Raised $8,165,902

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cuellar's reports.[39]

Henry Cuellar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$745,369.64$99,255.67$(181,085.00)$663,540.31
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$663,540.31$279,860.00$(75,930.46)$867,469.85
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$867,469.85$193,818.44$(100,923.63)$960,364.66
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$960,364$171,080$(132,409)$999,035
Pre-Primary[44]February 20, 2014$999,035$30,486$(39,382)$990,139
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$990,139$182,513$(44,327)$1,128,325
Running totals
$957,013.11$(574,057.09)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Cuellar's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cuellar won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cuellar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,672,433 and spent $1,279,636.[46] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[47]

Cost per vote

Cuellar spent $11.38 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Cuellar's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Cuellar won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Cuellar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,247,643 and spent $1,152,109.[48]

U.S. House, Texas District 28, 2010 - Henry Cuellar Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,247,643
Total Spent $1,152,109
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $149,432
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $144,879
Top contributors to Henry Cuellar's campaign committee
L&F Distributors$20,600
SCOOTER Store$20,600
USAA$12,750
Duty Free Americas$12,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$97,400
Lawyers/Law Firms$79,999
Construction Services$47,400
Oil & Gas$40,800
Crop Production & Basic Processing$38,200

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cuellar's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $200,015 and $1,509,998. That averages to $855,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Cuellar ranked as the 224th most wealthy representative in 2012.[49] Between 2004 and 2012, Cuellar's calculated net worth[50] increased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[51]

Henry Cuellar Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$785,171
2012$855,006
Growth from 2004 to 2012:9%
Average annual growth:1%[52]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[53]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cuellar is a "centrist Democrat" as of June 2013.[54]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[55]

Cuellar most often votes with:

Cuellar least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cuellar missed 110 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[56]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cuellar paid his congressional staff a total of $795,677 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[57]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cuellar ranked 176th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[58]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cuellar ranked 182nd in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[59]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Cuellar has voted with the Democratic Party 83.9% of the time, which ranked 193rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[60]

Personal

Cuellar lives with his wife, Imelda, and their two children.[4]

Recent news

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See also

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References

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  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Henry Cuellar," accessed August 10, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 1, 2011
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  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  32. Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Democratic primary results," May 29, 2012
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  48. Open Secrets, "Henry Cuellar 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  49. OpenSecrets, "Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  51. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  52. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  53. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  54. GovTrack, "Henry Cuellar," accessed June 7 2013
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  58. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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Ciro Rodriguez
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 28
2005-Present
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Texas Secretary of State
2001
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