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|U.S. House, Texas, District 28|
|January 3, 2005-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||8|
|Predecessor||Ciro Rodriguez (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$11.38 in 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2004|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Texas Secretary of State|
|Texas House of Representatives|
|Associate's||Laredo Community College|
|Master's||Texas A&M University|
|J.D.||University of Texas|
|Ph.D.||University of Texas|
|Birthday||September 19, 1955|
|Place of birth||Laredo, Texas|
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.
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.
- 1987-2001: Texas House of Representatives
- 2001: Texas Secretary of State
- 2005-present: U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 28th congressional district
Cuellar serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Cuellar was a member of the following House committees:
- House Agriculture Committee
- Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Ranking member
- House Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
The 113th Congress has had 22 out of 4,315 introduced bills enacted into law (0.5%) as of August 1, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.5% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Cuellar's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Cuellar voted against 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 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Cuellar voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
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.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
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.
House vote on abortion ban
On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196 on HR1797mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy 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. Cuellar was one of six Democratic members who voted in favor of the ban.
Previous congressional sessions
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 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.
Cuellar is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
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.
|U.S. House, Texas District 28 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Henry Cuellar Incumbent||67.9%||112,456|
|Republican||William R. Hayward||29.8%||49,309|
|Green||Michael D. Cary||0.8%||1,407|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 28 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Henry Cuellar incumbent||56.3%||62,773|
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.
|Henry Cuellar's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 28)||$1,672,433|
|2010||US House (Texas, District 28)||$1,247,643|
|2008||US House (Texas, District 28)||$1,423,483|
|2006||US House (Texas, District 28)||$1,718,752|
|2004||US House (Texas, District 28)||$1,036,123|
|2002||US House (Texas, District 23)||$1,067,468|
|Grand Total Raised||$8,165,902|
|Henry Cuellar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$745,369.64||$99,255.67||$(181,085.00)||$663,540.31|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$663,540.31||$279,860.00||$(75,930.46)||$867,469.85|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$867,469.85||$193,818.44||$(100,923.63)||$960,364.66|
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. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Cuellar spent $11.38 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 28, 2012 - Henry Cuellar 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 Henry Cuellar's campaign committee|
|Nu Tech Image||$14,800|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$93,875|
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.
|U.S. House, Texas District 28, 2010 - Henry Cuellar Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$149,432|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$144,879|
|Top contributors to Henry Cuellar's campaign committee|
|Duty Free Americas||$12,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$40,800|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$38,200|
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.
Cuellar most often votes with:
Cuellar least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cuellar's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-19,982 to $1,824,996. That averages to $902,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 53.23% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cuellar's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $33,011 to $1,144,998. That averages to $589,004.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
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. Cuellar ranked 176th 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. Cuellar ranked 182nd 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, 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.
Cuellar lives with his wife, Imelda, and their two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Henry + Cuellar + Texas + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- House votes to restrict federal regulation of fracing - Oil & Gas Journal
- House votes to block federal fracking rules - The Hill (blog)
- House bill would limit federal rules on fracking federal land - Akron Beacon Journal (blog)
- Texas Democrats unsure of immigration reform this year - Houston Chronicle (blog)
- Jared Polis Convinced ENDA Has Enough Support To Pass The House - Huffington Post
- White House Threatens Veto of GOP Fracking, Drilling Bills - Newsmax.com
- House passes bill to thwart federal fracturing regs - FuelFix (blog)
- Immigration Reform on Hold Until 2014? - Jornal.us News Agency
- Health Insurance Marketplace seminar presented next week - Pleasanton Express
- Obama fails to calm jittery Dems - The Hill
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- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- ↑ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 1, 2011
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," August 1, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ HR1797, THOMAS
- ↑ CNN "House passes late term abortion ban" Accessed June 20, 2013
- ↑ U.S. House "June 18 Roll Call Vote" Accessed June 20, 2013
- ↑ Politico "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill" Accessed June 20, 2013
- ↑ U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ Democratic candidate list
- ↑ Unofficial Democratic primary results
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Henry Cuellar," Accessed March 25, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Henry Cuellar Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Henry Cuellar April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Henry Cuellar July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Henry Cuellar October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Henry Cuellar 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Henry Cuellar 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
- ↑ Gov Track "Henry Cuellar," Accessed June 7 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress, "Henry Cuellar," Accessed August 2, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Henry Cuellar," Accessed April 2, 2013
- ↑ LegiStorm, "Henry Cuellar," Accessed September 13, 2012
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org "Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
- ↑ National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
- ↑ National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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