Latina Spotlight: Nydia M. Velazquez

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Nydia M. Velazquez, the Congresswoman, is originally from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. She was born in a family where she was one of nine children, and was the first one in her family to earn a college diploma. Her passion for politics took her to where she stands today.

She has shaped history numerous times during her term in Congress. In 1992, she was the first Puerto Rican woman voted into the U.S. House of Representatives. Six years later in 1998, Nydia was named the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Small Business Committee, making her the first Hispanic woman to serve as a Ranking Member of a full House committee. The word “can’t” doesn’t exist in Nydia’s vocabulary! To add to her extensive list of accomplishments, in 2006 she was the first Latina to chair a full Congressional committee after being named Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee.

Velazquez is well known as an equal rights fighter and advocate of economic opportunity for the less fortunate and working class. Congresswoman Velázquez mixes intuition and sympathy as means to improve economic development, community health, environment, affordable housing and health care, and quality education for all the families in New York City. Nydia is a great example of how passion works as an inspiration to achieve your goals.

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