Nydia M. Velazquez is the first Puerto Rican woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nydia studied Political Science in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. Nydia is a committed leader in the development and empowerment of Puerto Rican communities in the United States. She organized a successful voter registration drive, called Atrevete, which has registered more than 150,000 new voters.

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