House of Representatives
Congressmember Velázquez was first elected to Congress in 1992, making history as the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee and a senior member of the Financial Services Committee. She has sponsored and co-sponsored a variety of legislation throughout her time in Congress. Recognized for her national influence in politics, business, and support of minorities, Congressmember Velázquez was honored as the inaugural "Woman of the Year" by Hispanic Business Magazine.