Nydia M. Velazquez is a Representative from New York. She was born in Yabucoa, P.R. on March 28, 1953.
She received her B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, in 1974, and her M.A. from New York University in 1976.
She was on the faculty of the University of Puerto Rico from 1976-1981.
She worked on the staff of United States Representative Edolphus Towns of New York in 1983.
She served as the director for the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 1989-1992.
She was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-present);