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Velazquez 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 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Velazquez 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
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==Elections==

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Nydia Velazquez
Nydia Velazquez.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJoseph Crowley (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,037,829
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 12
January 3, 1993-2013
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Master'sNew York University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 28, 1953
Place of birthYabucoa, Puerto Rico
ProfessionCollege Professor
Net worth$-146,999
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Nydia Velázquez (b. March 28, 1958) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 7th congressional district. Veláquez was first elected to the House in 1992 and is currently serving her eleventh consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. Due to Redistricting in New York Velázquez ran in New York's 7th congressional district in 2012. She previously served the 12th district.[1]

Velázquez is set to run 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.

Before her career in the United States House of Representatives Velázquez was a professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao and then at New York's Hunter College.[2]

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.

Biography

Velazquez was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. She earned a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and a M.A. from New York University.[3]

Career

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.[4][5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Velazquez serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Velázquez served on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Velazquez listed some of her campaign themes on her website:[8]

  • Empowering Small Business
  • Supporting Economic Growth
  • Increasing Affordable Housing
  • Bringing Our Troops Home
  • Helping Working Families
  • Fixing Our Immigration System

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Velazquez 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.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Velazquez is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New York's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Valazquez was re-elected to New York's 7th congressional district in 2012. Due to redistricting in New York, 12th district incumbent Velazquez ran in the 7th district, which includes most of her former territory, and adds some of the Lower East Side.[10] Velazquez defeated three primary challengers: Dan O'Connor, George Martinez, and Erik Dilan.[11] 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 Velazquez.[12] 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 Velazquez defeated, as he said she has rudely slighted him.[13] In return, Velazquez commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."[13]

Bringing up a common theme in New York politics, Dilan said Velazquez had "the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation."[14] 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.[10] Velazquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.[12]

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 Velazquez received even more from banks.[15]

U.S. House, New York District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNydia Velazquez Incumbent 79% 141,322
     Conservative James Murray 4.4% 7,811
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 16.6% 29,692
Total Votes 178,825
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNydia Velazquez Incumbent 58% 16,011
Erik Dilan 31.1% 8,589
Daniel O'Connor 8.2% 2,264
George Martinez 2.7% 752
Total Votes 27,616

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Velazquez is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Velazquez raised a total of $5,037,829 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[26]

Nydia Velazquez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 7) Won $674,523
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12) Won $838,912
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12) Won $1,136,163
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12) Won $766,762
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12) Won $709,017
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12) Won $438,386
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 12) Won $474,066
Grand Total Raised $5,037,829

Individual breakdown

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Velazquez’s reports.[27]

Nydia Velazquez (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 24, 2013$216,263.67$34,987.89$(78,663.08)$172,588.48
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$172,588.48$358,530.00$(125,061.56)$406,056.92
Running totals
$393,517.89$(203,724.64)

2012

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

Velazquez won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Velazquez's campaign committee raised a total of $674,524 and spent $1,285,102.[30]

Cost per vote

Velazquez spent $9.10 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Velazquez's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Velazquez was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a tenth term. Her campaign committee raised a total of $838,912 and spent $690,875.[31]
U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 7th Congressional District, 2010 - Nydia Velazquez Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $838,912
Total Spent $690,875
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Nydia Velazquez's campaign committee
Goldman Sachs$11,000
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Express$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
Health Professionals$47,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$44,565
Commercial Banks$36,500
Special Trade Contractors$30,500

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Velazquez is a "moderate Democratic follower" as of June 19, 2013.[32]

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.[33]

Velazquez most often votes with:

Velazquez least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[34]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Velazquez 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.[35]

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, Velazquez's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-4,248,997 to $3,954,998. That averages to $-146,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth did not change since 2010.[36]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Velazquez's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-4,248,997 to $3,954,998. That averages to $-146,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[37]

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. Velazquez 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.[38]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Velazquez ranked 20th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[39]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Nydia Velazquez voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 116th among the 192 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[40]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995 "NYDIA M. VELÁZQUEZ" June 24, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "VELÁZQUEZ, Nydia Margarita, (1953 - )"
  4. Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Serving New York's 12th Congressional District - Brooklyn - Lower Manhattan - Queens "Biography"
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "VELÁZQUEZ, Nydia Margarita, (1953 - )"
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Serving New York's 12th Congressional District - Brooklyn - Lower Manhattan - Queens "Committees and Caucus Memberships"
  8. Campaign website "Issues"
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Jewish Press "Schumer, Silver, Nadler to Endorse Velázquez, Rebuffing Anti-Zionist Charges," June 3, 2012
  11. AP "2012 primary results"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Capital New York "Obama endorses Nydia Velazquez," June 15, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times "With Three Spirited Primaries, Competitive Democracy Is Breaking Out," June 18, 2012
  14. ["http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/05/dilan-bashes-velazquez-on-israel-she-bashes-back New York Daily News "Dilan Bashes Velazquez On Israel; She Bashes Back," May 30, 2012]
  15. Capital New York "The congressional challenger from New York real estate," June 18, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Nydia Velazquez" March 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Nydia Velazquez Summary Report," Accessed July 30, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Nydia Velazquez Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Nydia Velazquez July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Nydia Velazquez 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Nydia M. Velazquez 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 16, 2011
  32. Gov Track "Velazquez" Accessed June, 2013
  33. OpenCongress, "Nydia Velazquez," Accessed August 6, 2013
  34. GovTrack, "Nydia Velazquez" Accessed April 2013
  35. LegiStorm, "Nydia Velazquez," Accessed October 2, 2012
  36. OpenSecrets.org "Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Crowley
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 7
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Major Owens
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 12
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Carolyn Maloney
Preceded by
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New York City Council
1984
Succeeded by
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