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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.<ref>[http://www.nydiamvelazquez.com/about ''Campaign website'', "About Nydia", accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.nydiamvelazquez.com/about ''Campaign website'', "About Nydia", accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>

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Nydia Velázquez
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
Cost per vote$9.10 in 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, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 7th congressional district. Velázquez 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 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.

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

Velázquez 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

Velázquez serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Velázquez served on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Legislative actions

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Velázquez's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

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."[10][11] 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.[10][11]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" 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.[12]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" 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.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Neutral/Abstain Velázquez did not vote on 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Velázquez voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]

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] Velázquez 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 funds 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. Velázquez voted for HR 2775.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Velázquez has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" 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.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[25]

Campaign themes

2012

Velázquez listed some of her campaign themes on her website:[26]

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

Elections

2014

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

Velázquez is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She is seeking 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 Velázquez ran in the 7th district, which includes most of her former territory and adds some of the Lower East Side.[27] Velázquez defeated three primary challengers: Dan O'Connor, George Martinez, and Erik Dilan.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30] In return, Velázquez commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."[30]

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."[31] 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.[27] Velázquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.[29]

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.[32]

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 Velázquez 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 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.[43]

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.[44]

Nydia Velazquez (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 24, 2013$216,263.67$34,987.89$(78,663.08)$172,588.48
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$172,588.48$358,530.00$(125,061.56)$406,056.92
October Quarterly[47]October 15, 2013$406,056.92$63,142.81$(87,500.04)$381,699.69
Year-End Quarterly[48]December 31, 2013$381,699$89,950$(37,395)$394,654
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2014$394,654.03$46,244.96$(91,930.32)$348,968.67
Running totals
$592,855.66$(420,550)

2012

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

Velázquez won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Velázquez's campaign committee raised a total of $674,524 and spent $1,285,102.[50]

Cost per vote

Velázquez spent $9.10 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Velázquez's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Velázquez 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.[51]
U.S. House, New York District 7, 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, Velázquez is a "moderate Democratic follower," as of June 19, 2013.[52]

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.[53]

Velázquez most often votes with:

Velázquez 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.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[55]

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, Velázquez'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.[56]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Velázquez'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.[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. 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.[58]

2011

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.[59]

Voting with party

June 2013

Velázquez voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 116th among the 192 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[60]

Personal

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.[61]

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See also

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Velázquez's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Vote Smart, "Velazquez on agriculture", accessed October 7, 2013
  15. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Velázquez's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Velazquez's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 7, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Velázquez on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013
  25. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  26. Campaign website "Issues"
  27. 27.0 27.1 Jewish Press "Schumer, Silver, Nadler to Endorse Velázquez, Rebuffing Anti-Zionist Charges," June 3, 2012
  28. AP "2012 primary results"
  29. 29.0 29.1 Capital New York "Obama endorses Nydia Velazquez," June 15, 2012
  30. 30.0 30.1 New York Times "With Three Spirited Primaries, Competitive Democracy Is Breaking Out," June 18, 2012
  31. ["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]
  32. Capital New York "The congressional challenger from New York real estate," June 18, 2012
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Nydia Velazquez" March 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "Nydia Velazquez April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  50. Open Secrets "Nydia Velazquez 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  51. Open Secrets "Nydia M. Velazquez 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 16, 2011
  52. Gov Track "Velazquez" Accessed June, 2013
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  54. GovTrack, "Nydia Velazquez" Accessed April 2013
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  57. OpenSecrets.org, "Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
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  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. Campaign website, "About Nydia", accessed October 7, 2013
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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