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Nydia Velázquez
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Chair of the House Small Business Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Steve Chabot
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Don Manzullo
Succeeded by Sam Graves
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
Assumed office
January 3, 1993
Preceded by Major Owens
Constituency 12th district (1993–2013)
7th district (2013–present)
Member of the New York City Council
from the 27th district
In office
1984–1985
Preceded by Luis Olmedo
Succeeded by Victor L. Robles
Personal details
Born
Nydia Margarita Velázquez

March 28, 1953 (1953-03-28) (age 67)
Limones, Puerto Rico
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Paul Bader
Education University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (BA)
New York University (MA)

Nydia Margarita Velázquez Serrano (born March 28, 1953) is a Puerto Rican-American politician. She has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993. Velázquez, a Democrat from New York was the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus until January 3, 2011.

Velázquez is the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the United States Congress.

In March 2020, Velázquez was diagnosed with a possible case of COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic.


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