|U.S. House, New York, District 7|
|January 3, 1993-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||21|
|Predecessor||Joseph Crowley (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$9.10 in 2012|
|First elected||November 3, 1992|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|U.S. House, New York, District 12|
|January 3, 1993-2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras|
|Master's||New York University|
|Birthday||March 28, 1953|
|Place of birth||Yabucoa, Puerto Rico|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.2 American response in Syria
- 4.2.1 NDAA
- 4.2.2 DHS Appropriations
- 4.2.3 Keystone Pipeline Amendment
- 4.2.4 CISPA (2013)
- 4.2.5 Economy
- 4.2.6 Immigration
- 4.2.7 Healthcare
- 4.2.8 Social issues
- 4.2.9 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2.10 Specific votes
- 4.3 Campaign themes
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Velázquez is running for re-election in New York's 7th Congressional District elections in 2014. Velázquez is a member of both the Financial Services Committee as well as the Small Business Committee.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Velázquez is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
After earning a master’s degree on scholarship from NYU, Velázquez taught Puerto Rican studies at CUNY’s Hunter College in 1981. In 1983, Velázquez was appointed Special Assistant to Congressman Edolphus Towns. One year later, she became the first Latina appointed to serve on the New York City Council. She was the director of the Migration Division Office, Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources from 1986-1989, and from 1989-1992 was director of the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Velázquez serves on the following committees:
- Financial Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
- Small Business Committee Ranking member
Velázquez served on the following committees:
- Small Business Committee (Ranking Member)
- Financial Services Committee
- Subcommittee of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
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. For more information pertaining to Velázquez's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements." The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Velázquez was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.
Velázquez voted in opposition of 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.
Velázquez voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Velázquez voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Velázquez did not vote on 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.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Velázquez voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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. 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. Velázquez voted for HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Velázquez 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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Velázquez has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Velázquez voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Velázquez 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. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Velázquez listed some of her campaign themes on her website:
- Empowering Small Business
- Supporting Economic Growth
- Increasing Affordable Housing
- Bringing Our Troops Home
- Helping Working Families
- Fixing Our Immigration System
Valazquez was re-elected to New York's 7th Congressional District in 2012. Due to redistricting in New York, 12th District incumbent Velázquez ran in the 7th District, which includes most of her former territory and adds some of the Lower East Side. Velázquez defeated three primary challengers: Dan O'Connor, George Martinez, and Erik Dilan. She was unopposed in the Working Families primary on June 26th, 2012.
Dilan, a city councilman, was seen by some as the greatest challenge to Velázquez. He was encouraged to run by Vito Lopez, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and a member of the New York Assembly. Lopez wanted to see Velázquez defeated, as he said she has rudely slighted him. In return, Velázquez commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."
Bringing up a common theme in New York politics, Dilan said Velázquez had "the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation." Velazquez, however, was endorsed by what one Democratic source called "the three top Jewish Democrats in the state": U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, and New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Velázquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.
Dilan responded to questions of his fundraising sources -- a significant portion come from the real estate industry, which both Dilan and Lopez influence on the city and state level -- by responding that Velázquez received even more from banks.
|U.S. House, New York District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Nydia Velazquez Incumbent||79%||141,322|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
|U.S. House, New York District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Nydia Velázquez Incumbent||58%||16,011|
To view the full congressional electoral history for Nydia Velázquez, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Velázquez is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Velázquez raised a total of $5,037,829 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.
|Nydia Velazquez's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 7)||$674,523|
|2010||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12)||$838,912|
|2008||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12)||$1,136,163|
|2006||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12)||$766,762|
|2004||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12)||$709,017|
|2002||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12)||$438,386|
|2000||U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12)||$474,066|
|Grand Total Raised||$5,037,829|
|Nydia Velazquez (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 24, 2013||$216,263.67||$34,987.89||$(78,663.08)||$172,588.48|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$172,588.48||$358,530.00||$(125,061.56)||$406,056.92|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$406,056.92||$63,142.81||$(87,500.04)||$381,699.69|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$381,699||$89,950||$(37,395)||$394,654|
Cost per vote
Velázquez spent $9.10 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New York District 7, 2012 - Nydia Velazquez Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||No reports on record for candidate|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||No reports on record for candidate|
|Top contributors to Nydia Velazquez's campaign committee|
|Service Employees International Union||$10,250|
|American Crystal Sugar||$10,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||$10,000|
|Bank of America||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$55,250|
|Public Sector Unions||$28,000|
2010U.S. House in 2010 for a tenth term. Her campaign committee raised a total of $838,912 and spent $690,875.
|U.S. House, New York District 7, 2010 - Nydia Velazquez Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to Nydia Velazquez's campaign committee|
|American Bankers Assn||$10,000|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$54,900|
|Special Trade Contractors||$30,500|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Velázquez most often votes with:
Velázquez least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Velázquez missed 587 of 13,533 roll call votes from Jan 1993 to Apr 2013, which is 4.3% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Velázquez paid her congressional staff a total of $1,013,605 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Velazquez's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-749,998 and $1,830,999. That averages to $-1,290,498.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Velazquez ranked as the 438th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Nydia Velazquez Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||Avg. Citizen Net Worth|
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Velázquez tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 15th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Velázquez ranked 20th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Velázquez has voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 116th among the 192 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Velázquez is the first in her family to attend college, the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress, the first Hispanic woman to serve as the top Democrat of a House Committee and the first Latina to be Chair of a full Congressional Committee.
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- Media coverage:
- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995, "NYDIA M. VELÁZQUEZ," accessed June 24, 2013
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "VELÁZQUEZ, Nydia Margarita, (1953 - )"
- Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Serving New York's 12th Congressional District, "Biography"
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Serving New York's 12th Congressional District, "Committees and Caucus Memberships"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
- Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Velázquez's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Velazquez on agriculture," accessed October 7, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Velázquez's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Velazquez's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 7, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Velázquez on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- Campaign website, "Issues"
- Jewish Press, "Schumer, Silver, Nadler to Endorse Velázquez, Rebuffing Anti-Zionist Charges," accessed June 3, 2012
- AP, "2012 primary results"
- Capital New York, "Obama endorses Nydia Velazquez," accessed June 15, 2012
- New York Times, "With Three Spirited Primaries, Competitive Democracy Is Breaking Out," accessed June 18, 2012
- New York Daily News, "Dilan Bashes Velazquez On Israel; She Bashes Back," accessed May 30, 2012
- Capital New York, "The congressional challenger from New York real estate," accessed June 18, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Nydia Velazquez," accessed March 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Nydia Velazquez 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Nydia M. Velazquez 2010 Election Data," accessed December 16, 2011
- GovTrack, "Nydia Velazquez," accessed June, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Nydia Velazquez," accessed August 6, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Nydia Velazquez," accessed October 2, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 7, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
- Campaign website, "About Nydia," accessed October 7, 2013
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