Who Is Congressman Al Green?
Congressman Al Green is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives where he has proudly served the 9th Congressional District of Texas for five terms. A lifelong advocate for the civil rights of all people, his Congressional record aligns with his commitment to help those whose voices often go unheard and whose needs are continually unmet.
Born into a working-class family in New Orleans, Louisiana, Congressman Al Green was raised to value education, embrace community and defend equality. A product of the public school system, he attended Florida A&M University, Howard University and the Tuskegee Institute. Before receiving an undergraduate degree, he enrolled in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1973. As a law student, he earned awards in the areas of Federal Procedure and Conflicts.
Following law school, Congressman Al Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry and Fitch. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas in 1977, serving 26 years before retiring in 2004. He led the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for approximately ten years, during which time membership increased sevenfold and staffing grew from one to ten.
Wherever he goes and whatever the fight, Congressman Al Green is guided by the words: “The measure of a life is not based upon how long one lives, but rather what one does with the time God gives.” He has sponsored and/or co-sponsored legislation that furthers his priority and passion for:
Strengthening Social Security
A steadfast champion for military veterans, he passed the Homes for Heroes Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to end homelessness among our veterans. A member of the Financial Services Committee, Congressman Al Green and his colleagues created an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion: the purpose of which is to give minorities and women equal access to employment and advancement as well as business opportunities with federal government agencies. As a ranking member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, he is committed to fair hiring, promotions and the elimination of insidious discrimination in entities under their jurisdiction. In addition to sitting on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, Congressman Al Green holds the position of Assistant Whip within the Democratic Caucus.
It is Congressman Al Green’s decision to dedicate his life to public service and to do so with commitment, compassion, courage and common sense that makes him a consistent choice for recognition. His many outstanding awards and honors include: Texas Association of REALTORS Legacy Award; Texas Black Democrats’ Profiles of Courage Award; AFL-CIO MLK Drum Major Award for Service; Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black People; and the NAACP Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the Houston and Fort Bend branches. The City of Houston also named a day “Al Green Day” in his honor.