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Rep. Nydia Velázquez

Representative for New York’s 7th District

pronounced NIH-dee-uh // vuh-LASS-kess

Velázquez is the representative for New York’s 7th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Velázquez is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

She was previously the representative for New York’s 12th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Velázquez.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Velázquez is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Velázquez has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Oct 12, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: A+ Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 94% United States Chamber of Commerce: 50% The Club for Growth: 8%

Committee Membership

Nydia Velázquez sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Velázquez was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 16 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Velázquez sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (28%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) Health (13%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Education (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Housing and Community Development (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Velázquez’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Velázquez voted Nay

Velázquez voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Velázquez voted Nay

Velázquez voted Nay

Velázquez voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Velázquez voted No

Velázquez voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Oct 2021, Velázquez missed 726 of 18,434 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: