Congressman Al Green is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is proudly serving the 9th Congressional District of Texas in his seventh term. A lifelong advocate for civil rights of all people, his Congressional record aligns with his commitment to help those whose voices often go unheard and whose needs are continuously unmet.
Born into a working-class family in New Orleans, Louisiana, Al 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. Although he did not receive an undergraduate degree, he enrolled in the Texas Southern University 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, Al 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, and served 26 years before retiring in 2004. He led the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as President for approximately ten years, during which time membership increased exponentially and staff members grew from one to ten.
Wherever he goes and whatever the fight, Al 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:
- Fair Lending
- Fair Trade
- Financial Services
- Equal Employment
- Job Creation
- Fair Wages
- Veteran Support
- Voter Protection
- Health Awareness
- Better Education
- Strengthening Social Security
- Improved Transportation
A member of the Financial Services Committee, Congressman 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 the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, he is committed to fair hiring, promotions, and the elimination of insidious discrimination in entities under their jurisdiction. He also sits on the Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee and the Housing, Community Development and Insurance subcommittee.
A member of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Green serves on the Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations subcommittee as well as the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery subcommittee. 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. He also 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
- NAACP Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the Houston and Fort Bend branches