At a Glance
- Career History: Representative, Texas House (1987-2001); Attorney, Law Office of Henry Cuellar (1981-present); Adjunct Professor, International Commercial Law, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical International University (1984-1986); Licensed U.S. Customs Broker (1983-present)
- Birthday: September 19, 1955
- Hometown: Laredo, Texas
- Alma Mater: A.A., Laredo Community College, 1976; B.S., Georgetown University, 1978; JD, University of Texas at Austin, 1981; M.B.A., Texas A&M International University, 1982; PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
- Spouse: Imelda Cuellar
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Homeland Security Committee ; Agriculture Committee
- DC Office: 336 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-1640
- District Offices: 602 E. Calton Road, Suite 2, Laredo, Texas 78041, (956) 725-0639; 320 N. Main Street, Suite 221, McAllen, Texas 78501, (956) 631-4826; 100 N. F.M. 3167, Rio Grande City, Texas 78582, (956) 487-5603; 615 E. Houston Street, Suite 451, San Antonio, Texas 78205, (210) 271-2851; 100 S. Austin Street, Suite 1, Seguin, Texas 78155, (830) 401-0457
- Web site
Path to Power
Cuellar was born in 1955 in Laredo, Texas, the first of eight children born to non-English speaking migrant workers from Tamaulipas, Mexico.
A graduate from Laredo Community College, Cuellar subsequent went on to earn higher degrees, including a law degree and doctorate, from Georgetown University, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. On his House web site he calls himself "the most degreed member of Congress."
During the 111th Congress, Cuellar voted with Democrats 96 percent of the time.
In June 2009, Cuellar voted for an energy bill that would have included cap-and-trade measures after being lobbied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Obama.
Party leadership and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus largely shunned Cuellar immediately after he defeated now Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas) in the 2004 primary. Cuellar's relationship with the two groups improved after Rodriguez returned to the House after defeating Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) in 2006 (Rodriguez lost in 2010 to Rep. Quico Canseco (R-Texas).
Cuellar says his best friend in the House is Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas).