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Nydia Velazquez
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U.S. House, New York, District 12
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 22
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Master'sNew York University
Date of birthMarch 28, 1953
Place of birthYabucoa, Puerto Rico
ProfessionCollege Professor
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
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 12th congressional district. Due to 2012 redistricting, Velazquez is running in New York's 7th congressional district in 2012.


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.[1]


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.[2][3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Velázquez serves on the following committees:[4]


Political positions

Specific Votes

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Nydia Velazquez voted with the Democratic Party 92.7% of the time, which ranked 104th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[5]



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

Velazquez is running for re-election in 2012. Due to New York's redistricting, she is running in the newly drawn 7th district.


On November 2, 2010, Velazquez was re-elected to the United States House for a tenth term. She defeated Alice Gaffney (Conservative).[6]

United States House, New York General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNydia Velazquez Incumbent 79.1% 68,624
     Blank/Scattering 15.7% 13,647
     Conservative Alice Gaffney 5.2% 4,482
Total Votes 86,753

Campaign donors


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.[7]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Major Owens
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 12
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York City Council
Succeeded by