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 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
She was previously the representative for New York’s 12th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Velázquez.
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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Aug 7, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Nydia Velázquez sits on the following committees:
Velázquez was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4463 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6 Doyers Street in New York, New York, as the “Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office”.
- H.R. 5236: Main Street Employee Ownership Act of 2018
- H.R. 5178: Puerto Rico Small Business Contracting Assistance Act of 2018
- H.R. 3294: HUBZone Unification and Business Stability Act of 2017
- H.R. 1366: U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2017
- H.R. 1915: To amend the Small Business Act to provide the Administrator of the Small Business Administration authority to increase amount for general business loans, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1640: To amend the Small Business Act to ensure uniformity in procurement terminology, and for other purposes.
Does 15 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).
Velázquez sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Commerce (31%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Housing and Community Development (10%) Health (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Education (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%)
Some of Velázquez’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7921: To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to ...
- H.R. 7890: To amend chapter 11 of title 35, United States Code, to require the ...
- H.R. 7889: To apply the Truth in Lending Act to small business financing, to regulate ...
- H.R. 7764: To temporarily modify child nutrition programs due to COVID-19, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 7693: To establish a grant program to fund the installation of green roof systems ...
- H.R. 7192: TRAIN Act of 2020
- H.R. 7144: Law Enforcement Oversight and Reform Act of 2020
From Jan 1993 to Jul 2020, Velázquez missed 723 of 18,044 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% 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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