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|Name = Nydia Velazquez
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|Name = Nydia Velázquez
 
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|Position = U.S. House, New York, District 7
 
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|Pension =
 
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|Last election = November 6, 2012
 
|Last election = November 6, 2012
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|Cost per vote 2012 =$9.10
 
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|First elected = November 3, 1992
 
|First elected = November 3, 1992
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[New York's 7th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election = [[New York's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Campaign $ = 5,037,829  
 
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|Prior office = U.S. House, New York, District 12
 
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|Place of birth = Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
 
|Place of birth = Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
 
|Profession = College Professor
 
|Profession = College Professor
|Net worth = $-146,999
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|Net worth = $-1,290,498.50
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
|Office website = http://velazquez.house.gov/index.shtml
 
|Office website = http://velazquez.house.gov/index.shtml
 
|Campaign website = http://www.nydiamvelazquez.com/
 
|Campaign website = http://www.nydiamvelazquez.com/
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Nydia Margarita Velázquez''' (b. March 28, 1953) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] from [[New York]]. Velazquez was elected by voters from [[New York's 7th congressional district]]. Due to 2012 [[Redistricting in New York|redistricting]], Velazquez ran in [[New York's 7th congressional district]] in 2012. She previously served the 12th district.
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}}{{tnr}}'''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|redistricting in New York,]] Velázquez ran in [[New York's 7th Congressional District]] in 2012. She previously served the 12th District.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/New_York ''ABC News'', "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref> Velázquez is a member of both the [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]] as well as the [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Small Business|Small Business Committee]].
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Velazquez is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic follower]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/nydia_velazquez/400416 ''Gov Track'' "Velazquez" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
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Velázquez {{2014is}} a 2014 [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] and [[Working Families Party]] candidate seeking re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[New York's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014|the 7th Congressional District]] of [[New York]].<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=whofiled ''New York Board of Elections'', "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014]</ref> She won both nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/NY_US_House_0624.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/congress/velazquez.html ''Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995'', "NYDIA M. VELÁZQUEZ," accessed June 24, 2013]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=v000081 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "VELÁZQUEZ, Nydia Margarita, (1953 - )"]</ref>
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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.<ref name=bioguide>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=v000081 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "VELÁZQUEZ, Nydia Margarita, (1953 - )"]</ref>
 
==Career==
 
==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.<ref>[http://velazquez.house.gov/about/bio.shtml ''Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Serving New York's 12th Congressional District - Brooklyn - Lower Manhattan - Queens'' "Biography"]</ref><ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=v000081 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "VELÁZQUEZ, Nydia Margarita, (1953 - )"]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://velazquez.house.gov/about/bio.shtml ''Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Serving New York's 12th Congressional District'', "Biography"]</ref><ref name=bioguide/>
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Velazquez serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Velázquez serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Velázquez served on the following committees:<ref>[http://velazquez.house.gov/about/committees-caucuses.shtml ''Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Serving New York's 12th Congressional District - Brooklyn - Lower Manhattan - Queens'' "Committees and Caucus Memberships"]</ref>
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Velázquez served on the following committees:<ref>[http://velazquez.house.gov/about/committees-caucuses.shtml ''Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Serving New York's 12th Congressional District'', "Committees and Caucus Memberships"]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Small Business|Small Business Committee]] (Ranking Member)
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Small Business|Small Business Committee]] (Ranking Member)
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
**Subcommittee of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
**Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
 
**Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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===National security===
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====American response in Syria====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Dem letter on Syria|Name=Velázquez}}
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====NDAA====
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26975/nydia-velazquez?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UlLtZRCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Velázquez's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Oppose vote}} Velázquez voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name=ns/>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{neutral vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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===Economy===
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====Farm Bill====
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Velázquez voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26975/nydia-velazquez?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UlLuehCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Velazquez on agriculture," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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====Government shutdown====
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{{oppose vote}} 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.<ref name=clerk>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Velázquez voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref name=clerk/>
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{{support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26975/nydia-velazquez?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.UlLvEBCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Velázquez's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Repealing Obamacare====
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{{Oppose vote}} Velázquez has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26975/nydia-velazquez?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.UlLvZhCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Velazquez's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/26975/nydia-velazquez?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E,E#.UlLwvBCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Velázquez on abortion," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Support vote}}
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s080_010.gif|right|290px|thumb|Nydia Velazquez's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Velazquez is a '''Hard-Core Liberal.''' Velazquez received a score of 78 percent on social issues and six percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name= Velazquez |Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/NY/Nydia_Velazquez.htm ''On The Issues'', "Nydia Velazquez Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Crime= Strongly Opposes
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|Iran=Strongly Favors
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
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Velazquez listed some of her campaign themes on her website:<ref>[http://www.nydiamvelazquez.com/issues Campaign website "Issues"]</ref>
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Velázquez listed some of her campaign themes on her website:<ref>[http://www.nydiamvelazquez.com/issues ''Campaign website'', "Issues"]</ref>
 
*Empowering Small Business
 
*Empowering Small Business
 
*Supporting Economic Growth
 
*Supporting Economic Growth
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*Helping Working Families
 
*Helping Working Families
 
*Fixing Our Immigration System
 
*Fixing Our Immigration System
 
===Specific votes===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Support vote}}
 
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>
 
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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Velázquez {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2014|New York's]] [[New York's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014|7th District]]. Velázquez won the Democratic nomination and ran unopposed for the Working Families nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
::''See also: [[New York's 7th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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::''See also: [[New York's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
Valazquez was re-elected to [[New York's 7th congressional district elections, 2012|New York's 7th congressional district]] in 2012. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|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.<ref name="jp">[http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/schumer-silver-nadler-to-endorse-velazquez-rebuffing-anti-zionist-charges/2012/06/03/ ''Jewish Press'' "Schumer, Silver, Nadler to Endorse Velázquez, Rebuffing Anti-Zionist Charges," June 3, 2012]</ref> Velazquez defeated three primary challengers: [[Dan O'Connor]], [[George Martinez]], and [[Erik Dilan]].<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP'' "2012 primary results"]</ref>  She was unopposed in the Working Families primary on June 26th, 2012.
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Valazquez was re-elected to [[New York's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012|New York's 7th Congressional District]] in 2012. Due to [[Redistricting in New York|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.<ref name="jp">[http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/schumer-silver-nadler-to-endorse-velazquez-rebuffing-anti-zionist-charges/2012/06/03/ ''Jewish Press'', "Schumer, Silver, Nadler to Endorse Velázquez, Rebuffing Anti-Zionist Charges," accessed June 3, 2012]</ref> Velázquez defeated three primary challengers: [[Dan O'Connor]], [[George Martinez]], and [[Erik Dilan]].<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP'', "2012 primary results"]</ref>  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.<ref name="obama">[http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/06/6007543/obama-endorses-nydia-velazquez?politics-bucket-headline ''Capital New York'' "Obama endorses Nydia Velazquez," June 15, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref name="nyt">[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/nyregion/with-three-spirited-primaries-competitive-democracy-is-breaking-out-in-new-york.html ''New York Times'' "With Three Spirited Primaries, Competitive Democracy Is Breaking Out," June 18, 2012]</ref> In return, Velazquez commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."<ref name="nyt"/>
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Dilan, a city councilman, was seen by some as the greatest challenge to Velázquez.<ref name="obama">[http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/06/6007543/obama-endorses-nydia-velazquez?politics-bucket-headline ''Capital New York'', "Obama endorses Nydia Velazquez," accessed June 15, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref name="nyt">[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/nyregion/with-three-spirited-primaries-competitive-democracy-is-breaking-out-in-new-york.html ''New York Times'', "With Three Spirited Primaries, Competitive Democracy Is Breaking Out," accessed June 18, 2012]</ref> In return, Velázquez commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."<ref name="nyt"/>
  
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."<ref name="dn">["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]</ref> 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]].<ref name="jp"/> Velazquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.<ref name="obama"/>
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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."<ref name="dn">[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," accessed May 30, 2012]</ref> 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]].<ref name="jp"/> Velázquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.<ref name="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 Velazquez received even more from banks.<ref>[http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/06/6007635/congressional-challenger-new-york-real-estate ''Capital New York'' "The congressional challenger from New York real estate," June 18, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/06/6007635/congressional-challenger-new-york-real-estate ''Capital New York'', "The congressional challenger from New York real estate," accessed June 18, 2012]</ref>
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|totalraised2008=1136163
 
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|totalraised2002=438386
 
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}}
 
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===Individual breakdown===
 
===Individual breakdown===
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===2014===
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{{Nydia Velazquez 2014 FEC}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Nydia Velazquez 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Velazquez's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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[[File:Nydia Velazquez 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Velázquez'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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001102&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Nydia Velazquez 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001102&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Nydia Velazquez 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Velázquez spent $9.10 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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|Chamber = U.S. House, New York District 7
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised = $674,524
 
|total raised = $674,524
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===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Nydia_Velazquez_2010_Donor_Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00001102&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Nydia M. Velazquez 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 16, 2011]</ref>
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[[File:Nydia_Velazquez_2010_Donor_Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00001102&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Nydia M. Velazquez 2010 Election Data," accessed December 16, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of four different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Velazquez's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-1,149,999 and $204,995. That averages to '''$-510,000''', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001102&year=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Velazquez's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.</ref> decreased by an average of 15 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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|2010 = -146999.00
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|2011 =  -146999.00
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|2012 = -510000
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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===Ideology and leadership===
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Velázquez is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic follower,]]" as of June 19, 2013.<ref name=govtrack>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/nydia_velazquez/400416 ''GovTrack'', "Nydia Velazquez," accessed June, 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400416_Nydia_Velazquez ''OpenCongress'', "Nydia Velazquez," accessed August 6, 2013]</ref>
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Velázquez most often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jose Serrano]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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Velázquez least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Jeff Duncan]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/nydia_velazquez/400416 ''GovTrack,'' "Nydia Velazquez" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref name=govtrack/>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Nydia_Velazquez.html ''LegiStorm'', "Nydia Velazquez," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Nydia_Velazquez.html ''LegiStorm'', "Nydia Velazquez," accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
 
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001102&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001102&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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====2012====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
===Percentage voting with party===
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===Voting with party===
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==Personal==
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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>
  
 
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*[[United States House of Representatives]]
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*[[New York's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014]]
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*[[New York's 7th Congressional District]]
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*[http://www.house.gov/velazquez/ U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez] ''official U.S. House site''
 
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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$-1,290,498.50
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 a member of both the Financial Services Committee as well as the Small Business Committee.

Velázquez is a 2014 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of New York.[2] She won both nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6][5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Velázquez serves on the following committees:[7]

2011-2012

Velázquez served on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

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.[9] For more information pertaining to Velázquez's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

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."[11][12] 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.[11][12]

NDAA

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.[13]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Velázquez voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[13]

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.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Neutral/Abstain 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.[14] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

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.[15] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18] Velázquez voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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 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.[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 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

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]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Nydia Velazquez's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Velazquez is a Hard-Core Liberal. Velazquez received a score of 78 percent on social issues and six percent on economic issues.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[26]

Campaign themes

2012

Velázquez listed some of her campaign themes on her website:[28]

  • 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 in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 7th District. Velázquez won the Democratic nomination and ran unopposed for the Working Families nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNydia Velazquez Incumbent 81.7% 6,830
Jeff Kurzon 18.3% 1,531
Total Votes 8,361
Source: 97% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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.[29] Velázquez defeated three primary challengers: Dan O'Connor, George Martinez, and Erik Dilan.[30] 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.[31] 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.[32] In return, Velázquez commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."[32]

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."[33] 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.[29] Velázquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.[31]

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.[34]

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.[45]

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.[46]

Nydia Velazquez (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[47]April 24, 2013$216,263.67$34,987.89$(78,663.08)$172,588.48
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2013$172,588.48$358,530.00$(125,061.56)$406,056.92
October Quarterly[49]October 15, 2013$406,056.92$63,142.81$(87,500.04)$381,699.69
Year-End Quarterly[50]December 31, 2013$381,699$89,950$(37,395)$394,654
April Quarterly[51]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.[52]

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.[53]
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

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Velazquez's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-1,149,999 and $204,995. That averages to $-510,000, 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.[54] Between 2004 and 2012, Velazquez's calculated net worth[55] decreased by an average of 15 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[56]

Nydia Velazquez Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$2,194,451
2012$-510,000
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-123%
Average annual growth:-15%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Velázquez is a "moderate Democratic follower," as of June 19, 2013.[59]

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.[60]

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.[59]

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.[61]

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.[62]

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.[63]

Voting with party

June 2013

Velázquez voted with the Democratic Party 93.1 percent of the time, which ranked 116th among the 192 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[64]

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.[65]

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External links


References

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  2. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
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  5. 5.0 5.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "VELÁZQUEZ, Nydia Margarita, (1953 - )"
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  27. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  54. Open Secrets, "Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  55. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  56. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  63. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  64. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  65. 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
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