Henry Cuellar is a Representative from Texas. Born in Laredo, Tex. in 1955, he earned his A.A. from Laredo Community College in 1976, his B.S. from Georgetown University in 1978, his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1981, his M.A. from Texas A&M International University in 1982 and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1998. He was a private practice lawyer, a member of the Texas state house of representatives from 1987-2001, an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States of Representatives in 2002, and the Texas secretary of state in 2001. He was elected as a Democrat to the 109th and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2005-present).