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Revision as of 12:12, 17 April 2013

Henry Cuellar
Henry Cuellar.jpg
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
First electedNovember 2, 2004
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$902,507
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Henry Roberto Cuellar (b. September 19, 1955) 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. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cuellar is a "centrist Democratic follower".[2]

Biography

Cuellar received his associate's degree from Laredo Community College and then 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.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Cuellar serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Cuellar was a member of the following House committees:[5]

Issues

Specific votes

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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas' 28th congressional district elections, 2012

Cuellar ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 28th District. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He defeated William Hayward (R), Patrick Hisel (L), and Michael Cary (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[7][8]

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.[9]

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.[14]

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

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.[15]

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.[16]

Analysis

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.[17]

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.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Cuellar voted with the Democratic Party 73.6% of the time, which ranked 178 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[23]

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Personal

Cuellar lives with his wife, Imelda, and their two children.[5]

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Gov Track "Cuellar" Accessed May 17, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. 5.0 5.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 1, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Democratic candidate list
  8. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Henry Cuellar," Accessed March 25, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Henry Cuellar 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Henry Cuellar 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  17. GovTrack, "Henry Cuellar," Accessed April 2, 2013
  18. LegiStorm, "Henry Cuellar," Accessed September 13, 2012
  19. OpenSecrets.org "Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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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Texas House of Representatives
1987-2001
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