Sheila (Sheila) Jackson Lee (D-USH18)
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Capitol: 202.225.3816
FAX: 202.225.3317
District: 713.227.7740
District FAX: 713.227.7707
Room 2187 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4318

Residence: Houston, TX
Elected: 1994    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Elwyn C. Lee   DOB: 1/12/1950
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Pakistan Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Algerian Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Children's Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Kazakhstan Caucus
FC MemberIraqi Women's Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Afghan Caucus
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
Co-ChairCongressional Nigerian Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Jazz Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection
FC MemberTexas Caucus on Shale Oil and Gas
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
FC MemberKenya Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Correctional Officers Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Homeland Security
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Qatari-American Economic Strategic Defense, Cultural and Educational Partnership
FC MemberCongressional Wireless Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press
FC MemberCongressional African Partnership for Economic Growth Caucus
FC MemberHome Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Global Road Safety
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Drug Policy
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Refugee Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Finland Congressional Caucus
FC MemberIran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
MemberJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
FC MemberCongressional Ethiopian American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional China Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Czech Caucus
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
MemberHouse Committee on Budget
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is an influential and forceful voice in Washington. She is serving her eleventh term as a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston, which is the energy capital of the world. Considered by many as the "Voice of Reason" she is dedicated to upholding the Constitutional rights of all people.

She sits on three Congressional Committees - a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary, Homeland Security, and newly appointed by the leadership as a Member of the crucial Budget Committee. She is currently the first female Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations and is leading the way on criminal justice reform through groundbreaking legislation including the Sentencing Reform Act, Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act, The RAISE Act, The Fair Chance for Youth Act, Kaleif's Law, and the American RISING Act of 2015. She has also introduced several bills including the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization and Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act, H.R. 71, the Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2015, and H.R. 4660, an Amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 affirming the authority of the Attorney General to reduce prison overcrowding by developing and implementing lawful policies relating to requests for executive clemency from deserving petitioners. She is a champion for women and children supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and introducing an amendment to HR2262 that provides for outreach to minority- and women-owned businesses with respect to business opportunities in the commercial space industry and authored H.R.45 the Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Research and Education Act of 2015.

She is the past Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Maritime and Border Security wherein she co-authored HR 1417, a bipartisan bill which has been touted as the best vehicle for accomplishing comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Jackson Lee is also the past Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection which under her leadership she passed the Transportation Security Act of 2007 which increased the funding for America's transportation security. As Chairwoman, Congresswoman Jackson Lee supported enhanced technology, better intelligence, increased airplane cargo inspections, increased security for railroads, and implementation of the 9/11 Commission report.

She was named by 'Congressional Quarterly' as one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress and the 'U.S. News and World Report' named her as one of the 10 most influential legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a founder, member, and co-chair of the Congressional Children's Caucus and authored and introduced H.R. 83, the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act of 2013. She is also chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Energy Braintrust, co-chair of the Justice Reform Task Force, a leadership appointed member of the International Helsinki Commission. She serves as Senior Whip for the Democratic Caucus, past Chairperson of the Texas Congressional Democratic Delegation for the 113th Congress, and current Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee earned a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University with honors in the first graduating class including females, followed by a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. She is married to Dr. Elwyn Lee who is also a Yale Graduate and an Administrator at the University of Houston. She has two children Jason Lee a graduate of Harvard University and Erica Lee a graduate of Duke University who is also a Member of the Harris County School Board in Houston, Texas. She is also the proud grandmother of two grandkids (twins), granddaughter Ellison Bennett Carter and grandson Roy Lee Carter, III.

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