12:20 am - Wednesday January 24, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month Member and Candidate of the Day‏

henry cuellar



Born as one of eight children to migrant farm workers in Laredo, Texas, Congressman Cuellar was raised with strong family values and an unwavering work ethic to attain an advanced education. With a total of 5 advanced degrees, including a J.D. and Ph.D., Congressman Cuellar is the “Most Degreed Member” serving in the U.S. House of Representatives

During his 14 years as a Texas State Representative, Congressman Cuellar was an active member of the House Appropriations, Higher Education and Calendar Committees. He also served as the Secretary of State of Texas, where he introduced voter initiatives to register, educate, and protect voters’ rights while ensuring of a more customer-friendly, transparent and accountable state agency. Dr. Cuellar is known for creating the TEXAS Grant, which has helped thousands of young people go to college, and for establishing the first Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas.

During his five terms in Congress, he’s stood out among his congressional colleagues as an advocate for better government, commerce and trade, small businesses and border security. As a Member of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Homeland Security and State, Foreign Operations, Congressman Cuellar is a leader on border security, foreign affairs, and homeland security.

As a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition, Congressman Cuellar is dedicated to reducing the nation’s deficit by reforming how Congress appropriates federal funds. In 2009, he worked with his Blue Dog colleagues to help pass the landmark Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) legislation to reign-in federal spending and restore the budget surpluses of the 1990’s. As Chairman and founder of the bi-partisan House Pro-Trade Caucus, Congressman Cuellar is widely regarded as a national trade expert in Washington D.C.

norma torres




Senator Norma J. Torres was elected to represent the 32nd Senate District. She previously served as a State Assemblywoman, and has championed legislation making California government more responsive to the needs of working families, children and seniors in the Inland Empire. A former 9-1-1 dispatcher, Torres understands the fear families face during emergencies. That is why she wrote the law that modernized the 9-1-1 system so that cell phone users are immediately routed to their local police department and not a statewide call center. The California Sheriff’s Association, League of California Cities, Professional Engineers in California Government, Yellow Ribbon America, and the American Hero’s Foundation, among many others, have recognized her for her outstanding leadership. Senator Torres is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 35th district, and is committed to serving those in her community.




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