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Henry Cuellar was born on September 19, 1955 in Laredo, Texas. In 1976, Cuellar received his Associate's degree in Political Science from Laredo Community College. In 1978, he earned his B.S.F.S from Georgetown University. In 1981, Cuellar earned his law degree from the University of Texas. In 1982, he received his M.B.A. from Laredo State University. In 1998, Cuellar earned his Doctorate in government from the University of Texas. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1987-2001. Cuellar became Secretary of State in 2001. Henry Cuellar was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004.