A trailblazer for Latinas in Congress
Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-07) is the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. She was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, and was the first in her family to receive a college diploma. Velázquez is the former chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and now serves as Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, making her the first Latina to chair a full Congressional committee. Prior to serving in Congress, she was an advocate for human and civil rights, and the first Hispanic woman to serve on the New York City Council.
A leader on reform in Washington
Velázquez is a vocal supporter of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which aims to put power back in the hands of the people and restore the people’s faith that government works for the public interest, not the special interests. In March 2019, Velázquez announced her decision to no longer accept corporate PAC money, pledging to continue to fight to restore trust in public service and government. She is one of the only committee chairs in Congress that rejects corporate PAC money.
Candidate for U.S. House