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Henry CuellarDEMDemocrat United States Representative, TX-28
68
Years of Age
33
Years of Experience
TXResidence (state)

Enrique Roberto "Henry" Cuellar (KWAY-ar; born September 19, 1955) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Texas's 28th congressional district since 2005. He is a member of the Democratic Party. His district extends from the Rio Grande to San Antonio's suburbs. Cuellar served in the Texas House of Representatives for 14 years, from 1987 to 2001, and briefly served as the Texas Secretary of State in 2001, making him, as of 2022, the most recent Democrat to have held a statewide office in Texas. Cuellar was first elected to Congress in 2004, after defeating incumbent Ciro Rodriguez in a primary challenge. He is considered a leading centrist within the House Democratic Caucus. He has since been comfortably reelected in every general election while surviving a number of competitive primary races, most notably in 2020 and 2022.

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Campaign Funding

20
18
$1,656,421
Total Raised
$1,189,201
Total Spent
$2,545,004
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Oil & Gas$165,900
33%
Health Professionals$55,000
33%
Finance/Credit Companies$54,500
32%
Crop Production & Basic Processing$53,500
30%
Lawyers/Law Firms$49,946
28%
Misc Business$47,600
28%
Retail Sales$47,550
28%
Insurance$47,000
23%
Real Estate$39,000
23%
Automotive$37,995
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

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Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education8 - 8 of 6
University of Texas at Austin
PhD Government
1998
Texas A&M University
MBA International Trade
1982
University of Texas at Austin
JD
1981
Georgetown University
BS Foreign Service
1978
Laredo Community College
AA Political Science
1976
Georgetown University
Certified Budget and Finance
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Texas
2005 - Current
Representative
Texas State House of Representatives
1987 - 2001
Secretary of State
State of Texas
2001
Adjunct Professor
International Commercial Law, Texas A&M International University
1984 - 1986
Adjunct Professor
International Commercial Law, Laredo State University (Texas A&M International University)
1984 - 1986
Instructor
Department of Government, Laredo Community College
1982 - 1986
Attorney
Law Office of Henry Cuellar
Other Experience1 - 26 of 26
Member
Board of Advisers, Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, University of Texas Law School
2002
Member
Texas Lyceum
1997
Texas Delegate
National Democratic Convention
1992
Member
International Trade Association, Laredo State University
1988
Legal Adviser
American GI
1986 - 1987
Member
Advisory Board, Stop Child Abuse and Neglect
1984
President
Board of Directors, Laredo Legal Aid Society, Incorporated
1982 - 1984
President
Laredo Young Lawyers Association
1983 - 1984
Sustaining Member
Texas Democratic Party
1984
Co-Founder
Stop Child Abuse and Neglect
1982 - 1983
Member
Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Laredo
1982 - 1983
Member
Board of Directors, United Way
1982 - 1983
President
Laredo Volunteer Lawyers Program, Incorporated
1982 - 1983
Member
American Bar Association
President
Board of Directors, International Good Neighbor Council
Member
Inter-American Bar Association
Member
Texas State Bar Association
Member
Webb County/Laredo Bar Association
Member
Appropriations Committee, United States House of Representatives
2023 - Current
Former Member
Calendar Committee, Texas State House of Representatives
Former Member
House Appropriations Committee, Texas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Higher Education Committee, Texas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Member
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Member
Blue Dog Coalition