Sheila (Sheila) Jackson Lee (D-USH18)
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Capitol: 202.225.3816
FAX: 202.225.3317
District: 713.691.4882
Room 2426 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4318

Residence: Houston, TX
Elected: 1994    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Elwyn C. Lee   DOB: 1/12/1950
Committee Assignments
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch
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 Afghanistan Caucus
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance
Co-ChairCongressional Nigerian Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Jazz Caucus
Co-ChairEnergy Caucus
Co-ChairCoronavirus Task Force
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Border Security and Enforcement
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection
FC MemberTexas Caucus on Shale Oil and Gas
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Global Road Safety
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Qatari-American Strategic Relationships Caucus
FC MemberCongressional African Partnership for Economic Growth Caucus
FC MemberKenya Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Correctional Officers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional China Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Drug Policy
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
MemberHouse Committee on Homeland Security
Ranking MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press
FC MemberCongressional Wireless Caucus
FC MemberHome Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
FC MemberIran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
Co-ChairNo War With Iran Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Basic Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ethiopian American Caucus
FC MemberMexico-United States Interparliamentary Group
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberTEX-21 Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baseball Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Immigration, Integrity, Security, and Enforcement
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Finland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberCongressional Refugee Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Czech Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Direct Selling Caucus
FC MemberEntrepreneurship Caucus
FC MemberAmerica's Languages Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional America 250 Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Budget
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is an influential and forceful voice in Washington. She is serving her fourteenth 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 and Homeland Security and appointed by the leadership as a Member of the crucial Budget Committee. In the previous Congress, she authored, introduced and saw passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Additionally, she 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 the past Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee for 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. Also, the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint initiative between the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, named her the 2nd most effective Democrat in Congress during the 114th Congress, the 15th most effective Democrat in Congress during the 115th Congress, and the most effective Democrat in the Texas delegation during the 115th Congress. 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 past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Energy Braintrust, co-chair of the Justice Reform Task Force, and a leadership appointed member of the International Helsinki Commission. She serves as Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Caucus, past Chairperson of the Texas Congressional Democratic Delegation for the 113th Congress, and past 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.