Henry Cuellar

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U.S. Representative

Henry Cuellar (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for TX-28

Confirmed: William Hayward, Henry Cuellar
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for TX-28)
On the Web
Official website

Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, has represented the Twenty-Eighth Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2004.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 20 - 1/5 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 90 - 18/20 80 - 16/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 70 - 14/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Cozy with the GOP

Cuellar endorsed George W. Bush in 2000, and according to MSNBC, "Cuellar made some Democrats furious when a photo was published showing President Bush grabbing Cuellar's cheeks at the [2006] State of the Union. After liberal blogs posted the photo, [Cuellar's 2006 primary opponent Ciro] Rodriguez's campaign has raked in the cash, more than $70,000 from online donors, according to ActBlue, a Democratic online clearinghouse." [1]

In 2002 "Cuellar ran against Republican congressman Henry Bonilla. During that race, he received significant help from [Ciro] Rodriguez, then the congressman from San Antonio, who wanted to see the Democrats pick up Bonilla's seat. But after Cuellar narrowly lost, and after Texas Republicans -- in their controversial redistricting plan a year later -- reconfigured Rodriguez's district to include Cuellar's hometown of Laredo, Texas, Cuellar did what some thought was an act of betrayal: He challenged Rodriguez for his seat in the 2004 primary, and won. (Cuellar went on to defeat his Republican opponent in the general election, 59-39 percent.) That left a bad taste in the mouths of some Democrats in Texas and Washington, which only intensified after Cuellar arrived on Capitol Hill, and was seen as being a little too cozy with the GOP" [2]


Cuellar was born September 19, 1955, in Laredo, Texas. He is a graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and holds a Juris Doctor and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas.[3] Before becoming involved in politics, Cuellar was a lawyer and owned a private trade firm.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Cuellar was a lawmaker in the Texas House from 1987-2001, and was Texas Secretary of State in 2001.[4]

In 2002, Cuellar gave Republican 23rd District Representative Henry Bonilla his closest contest ever, losing by only two percentage points. He was planning to challenge Bonilla again in 2004, but redistricting engineered by Tom DeLay shifted most of Laredo from the 23rd to the more reliably Democratic 28th district. In a hotly contested primary, Cuellar defeated incumbent Democrat Ciro Rodriguez (See Controversy below). The district was so heavily Democratic that his victory in November was a foregone conclusion.

Congressional career

Cuellar describes himself as a "moderate conservative" and has signaled an interest in joining the Blue Dog Coalition.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Cuellar’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [5]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
GEO Group$ 15,500
Duty Free Americas$ 13,000
Anadarko Petroleum$ 11,000
ConocoPhillips$ 10,750
L&F Distributors$ 10,100
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
American Society of Anesthesiologists$ 10,000
Automotive Free International Trade PAC$ 10,000
Blue Dog PAC$ 10,000
Border Health$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Henry Cuellar
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Henry Cuellar. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2463 Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-1640 Fax: 202-225-1641
    Webform email
District offices
  • 1300 Matamoros, Suite 211 Laredo, TX 78040
    Ph: 956-725-0639 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1149 East Commerce Street, Suite 210, San Antonio, TX 78205
    Ph: 210-271-2851 Fax: (none entered)
  • 111 East San Antonio, Suite 205, San Marcos, TX 78666
    Ph: 512-392-2364 Fax: (none entered)
  • Post Office Box 6147, Laredo, TX 78042
    Ph: 956-724-1212 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

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