Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez is well acquainted with making history. She became the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Later in 1998, she became the first Hispanic woman to serve as a ranking member of a full house committee when she was selected to sit on the Small Business Committee. In 2006 she was tapped to serve as chair of that committee, making her the first Latina to serve in that role. Congresswoman Velázquez serves New York’s 7th District, which includes Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and Queens.