Henry Cuellar, U.S. Representative for Texas

Henry Cuellar

U.S. Representative for Texas

Enrique Roberto “Henry” Cuellar was born in September 1955 in Laredo, Texas. He earned an associate’s degree from Laredo Community College, where he later taught courses in government. He earned an undergraduate degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he also holds a master’s degree in international trade from Texas A&M International University. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cuellar (pronounced KWAY-yar) opened his own law firm in Laredo and became a licensed customs broker. He was an adjunct professor of international commercial law at Texas A&M International University.

He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives for four years, and was appointed as the Secretary of State of Texas by Governor Rick Perry, serving in that position for eight months.

Cuellar was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, assuming office in  January 2015.

He is married to Imelda and they have two daughters. He is a Catholic.

In the News…

House Appropriations Vice Chairman Henry Cuellar of Texas, along with officials of the Biden administration, is moving to repurpose billions of dollars for the U.S.-Mexico border wall to other means of achieving the same goal of deterring illegal immigration.

Cuellar represents a district that includes 200 miles of the Texas-Mexico border.

He has spent weeks working on negotiations between lawmakers of both parties, federal law enforcement on the border, and political nominees of the administration.

In discussions with Border Patrol, Homeland Security, and others he met with, Cuellar says they were all “on the same page” about how to proceed despite the anticipated pushback from others over discontinuing the border wall.

“What they’re telling me [is] everything they wanted except for the wall,” Cuellar said, listing autonomous cameras, underground fiber optic sensors, technology, roads, and the eradication of the overgrown cane along the Rio Grande River that makes it impossible for Border Patrol agents to see even several feet in front of them.

“We’ve got to have border security, except for the fence,” he said.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Cuellar today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Henry Cuellar
U.S. Representative for Texas
2372 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


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