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  Velazquez, Nydia M.
<-  2018-07-01  
NameNydia M. Velazquez
Address275 Conover Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231, United States
Website [Link]
Born February 28, 1953 (66 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedIndyGeorgia
Oct 22, 2018 08:03pm
Tags Hispanic - Liberal - Pro-Choice -
InfoCongresswoman Nydia M. Velằuez has made history several times during her tenure in Congress. In 1992, she was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In February of 1998, she was named Ranking Democratic Member of the House Small Business Committee, making her the first Hispanic woman to serve as Chair or Ranking Member of a full committee in the history of the House.

Given her achievements, her roots are humble. She was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico - a small town of sugar-cane fields - in 1953, and was one of nine children. Velằuez started school early, skipped several grades, and became the first person in her family to receive a college diploma. At the age of 16, she entered the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. She graduated magna cum laude in 1974 with a degree in political science. After earning a master's on scholarship from N.Y.U., Congresswoman Velằuez taught Puerto Rican studies at C.U.N.Y's Hunter College in 1981.

But her passion for politics soon took hold. In 1983, Velằuez was appointed Special Assistant to Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-Brooklyn). One year later, she became the first Latina appointed to serve on the New York City Council.

By 1986, Velằuez served as the Director of the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the U.S. During that time, she initiated one of the most successful Latino empowerment programs in the nation's history - "Atrevete" (Dare to Go for It!).

In 1992, after months of running a grassroots political campaign, she was elected to the House of Representatives to represent New York's 12th District. Her district, which encompasses parts of Brooklyn, Queens and the Lower East Side of Manhattan is the only tri-borough district in the New York City congressional delegation. Encompassing many diverse neighborhoods, it is home to a large Latino population, with pockets of polish communities, and parts of Chinatown.

As a fighter for equal rights of the underepresented and a proponent of economic opportunity for the working class and poor, Congresswoman Velằuez combines sensibility and compassion as she works to encourage economic development, protect community health and the environment, combat crime and worker abuses, and secure access to affordable housing, quality education and health care for all New York City families.

As the Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, which oversees federal programs and contracts totaling $200 billion annually, Congresswoman Velằuez has been a vocal advocate of American small business and entrepreneurship. She has established numerous small business legislative priorities, encompassing the areas of tax regulations, access to capital, federal contracting opportunities, trade, technology, health care and pension reform, among others.

Although her work on the Small Business Committee and the House Financial Services Committee (where she is second in seniority on its Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity) keeps her busy, Representative Velằuez can often be found close to home, working for the residents of her district.


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  06/23/2020 NY District 07 - D Primary ???
  01/03/2019 US House Small Business Committee Chair Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2018 NY District 07 Won 93.25% (+87.74%)
  06/26/2018 NY District 07 - REF Primary Lost 21.79% (+21.79%)
  11/08/2016 NY District 07 Won 90.66% (+81.45%)
  06/28/2016 NY District 07 - D Primary Won 61.74% (+34.53%)
  11/04/2014 NY District 7 Won 88.69% (+79.73%)
  06/24/2014 NY District 7 - D Primary Won 80.94% (+61.88%)
  11/06/2012 NY District 7 Won 94.63% (+89.40%)
  06/26/2012 NY District 7 - D Primary Won 57.92% (+22.89%)
  11/02/2010 NY District 12 Won 93.79% (+87.67%)
  11/04/2008 NY District 12 Won 89.95% (+79.90%)
  11/07/2006 NY District 12 Won 89.74% (+79.49%)
  11/02/2004 NY District 12 Won 86.26% (+72.53%)
  11/05/2002 NY District 12 Won 95.81% (+91.61%)
  11/07/2000 NY District 12 Won 87.09% (+76.94%)
  09/12/2000 NY District 12 - D Primary Won 77.13% (+54.26%)
  11/03/1998 NY DIstrict 12 Won 83.62% (+71.99%)
  11/05/1996 NY District 12 Won 84.61% (+70.97%)
  11/08/1994 NY District 12 Won 92.29% (+85.94%)
  09/13/1994 NY District 12 - D Primary Won 81.75% (+63.50%)
  11/03/1992 NY District 12 Won 76.54% (+56.04%)
  09/15/1992 NY District 12 - D Primary Won 33.72% (+5.65%)
  09/10/1985 NYC Council 27 - D Primary Lost 41.97% (-16.05%)
  09/11/1984 NYC Council 27 Special - D Primary Lost 44.25% (-11.50%)
  05/24/1984 New York City Council 27 Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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New York County District Attorney - D Primary - Sep 13, 2005 D Robert M. Morgenthau
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NYC Comptroller - D Primary - Sep 25, 2001 D William C. "Bill" Thompson, Jr.
New York City Mayor - D Primary - Sep 25, 2001 D Fernando Ferrer
C00271312 Committee to Re-Elect Nydia M. Velazquez to Congress $ 387593.94