Nydia Velazquez

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Nydia Velazquez ()
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Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Small Business
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Nydia Margarita Velázquez was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1992, representing New York's 12th District, which includes parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Lower Manhattan.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Velazquez voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

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

Environmental record

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Disaster assistance

In 2007, Rep. Velazquez sponsored a bill aimed at better preparing the Small Business Administration (SBA) for responding to disasters impacting small businesses. The bill would direct the Administrator to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive written disaster plan to include disasters most likely to occur in any given SBA region, an assessment of a disaster and the most likely demand for SBA help in the aftermath. The SBA plan would also be required to outline the SBA’s needs for information technology, telecommunications, human resources, office space needed to meet demand, and how it would coordinate with other federal agencies. The Administrator would also need to appoint a Director for Disaster Planning and a Director for Disaster Lending. In addition, an annual disaster simulation exercise would be ordered once each year. A disaster reserve corps would be created and implemented within the SBA and would consist of at least 1,000 individuals who would not ordinarily have the duties of a full-time officer or employee, but would be able to assume duties related to disaster response when necessary. On April 19, the measure passed the House 267-158.

Main article: U.S. congressional actions to provide disaster assistance



Velázquez was born March 28, 1953 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, and she is the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.

In 1969, when Velázquez was only 16, she enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico. In 1974 she graduated with high honors and became the first one in her family to receive a college diploma. Velázquez then went to New York studied political science at New York University. In 1976 she received her Master's degree. Velázquez was a university professor for many years, first in the University of Puerto Rico and then at New York's Hunter College.

In 1983, Velázquez was appointed Special Assistant to Representative Edolphus Towns, member of the House of Representatives for Brooklyn. In 1984, she became the first Latina appointed to serve as a member of the New York City Council.

Congressional Career

In 1992, Velázquez was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 12th District The 12th district includes parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Lower Manhattan. Velázquez also became the first Hispanic woman to serve as Ranking Democratic Member of the House Small Business Committee. She oversees federal programs and contracts totaling $200 billion dollars annually. Velázquez also serves on the House Financial Services Committee.

Among Velázquez's "firsts" are: The first Hispanic woman to serve on New York City's Council; the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in Congress; The first woman Ranking Democratic Member of the House Small Business Committee and Hispanic Business Magazine's first "Woman of the Year."

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Allan E. Romaguera to face Velazquez in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Velazquez retained her seat.

Positions and Views

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Votesane PAC$ 35,750
Adam's European Contracting$ 10,000
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
National Assn of Realtors$ 10,000
National Roofing Contractors Assn$ 10,000
Independent Community Bankers of America$ 8,500
American Council of Engineering Cos$ 8,000
Honeywell International$ 8,000
UBS AG$ 8,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 7,500
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 Nydia Velazquez
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Chair, Business and Economic Development Task Force
  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Congressional Census Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
  • Congressional Children's Caucus
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Job and Fair Trade Caucus
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Congressional Urban Caucus
  • Democratic Regional Whip
  • Education, Immigration and Livable Communities Task Force
  • Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community Caucus
  • House Democratic Caucus
  • Older American's Caucus
  • Member, New York Jobs with Justice

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 2302 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2361 Fax: 202-226-0327
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District offices
  • 268 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11211
    Ph: 718-599-3658 Fax: (none entered)
  • 16 Court Street, Suite 1006, Brooklyn, NY 11241
    Ph: 718-222-5819 Fax: (none entered)
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