Press Kit

Brief Biography

The Wall Street Journal calls him “a pro-growth Member [of Congress] in the John F. Kennedy mold.”   The Dallas Morning News says he's "one of the seven best Texas legislators."  The San Antonio Express-News says, “Cuellar has worked hard and demonstrated an independent nonpartisan mind-set,” and also notes that “Cuellar's willingness to place his district ahead of his political party is refreshing.”

Born as one of eight children to hard working migrant farm workers in Laredo, Texas, Congressman Henry Cuellar has dedicated his life and career to two decades of public service. Elected to Congress in 2005, Congressman Cuellar is now serving his third term in Congress after serving 15 years as a Texas State Representative and Texas Secretary of State.  With five advanced degrees including a master’s degree in International Trade, a degree of Law from Texas A&M University and a PhD. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, he is also the most degreed member of Congress.

In 2005, Congressman Cuellar became the first Laredoan in over 20 years elected to represent the 28th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.  During his first three 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 the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, Congressman Cuellar is widely recognized as a leader on homeland security, border security and national emergency preparedness and response. He has become a national voice on border security issues and he is the former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response.

In Congress, Congressman Cuellar serves as the only Texas Democrat on the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee. He is the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, while also serving on the Defense Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies. Congressman Cuellar has long been a legislative champion for government transparency and accountability, authoring and passing legislation in Congress to reform federal agency procedures to eliminate bureaucratic redundancy. In 2010, he introduced legislation to assess the performance of federal programs on a quarterly basis. This legislation is moving swiftly through the House of Representatives and could be enacted into law by the end of this year.

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 into law the landmark Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) legislation to reign-in federal spending and restore the budget surpluses of the 1990's. As an advocate for the private sector and a believer in the entrepreneurial spirit of America, he strongly believes in tax cuts for the nation’s small businesses and tax cuts for hard-working families. 

As the Chairman and founder of the bi-partisan Congressional Pro-Trade Caucus, Congressman Cuellar is widely regarded as a national trade expert in Washington D.C.  The bipartisan organization aims to advance and promote a domestic trade-policy agenda which boosts American exports abroad to spur job creation in the United States. As a licensed customs broker and former small business owner, Congressman Cuellar understands the economic importance of trade nationwide.

Congressman Cuellar and his wife, Imelda, reside in Laredo, Texas with their two daughters, Christy and Catie.