Sheila (Sheila) Jackson Lee (D-18)

US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Sheila (Sheila) Jackson Lee (D-18)
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Capitol: 202.225.3816
FAX: 202.225.3317
District: 713.861.4070
Room 2426 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4318
4300 Lyons Avenue
Houston, TX 77020
Residence:Houston, TX

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 Afghanistan Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
Co-ChairCongressional Nigerian Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Jazz Caucus
Co-ChairEnergy Caucus
Co-ChairCoronavirus Task Force
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation
FC MemberTexas Caucus on Shale Oil and Gas
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Global Road Safety
FC MemberKenya Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Correctional Officers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
MemberHouse Committee on Homeland Security
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Drug Policy
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Qatari-American Strategic Relationships Caucus
FC MemberCongressional African Partnership for Economic Growth Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
FC MemberHome Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press
FC MemberCongressional Wireless Caucus
FC MemberIran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus
Co-ChairNo War With Iran Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
FC MemberMexico-United States Interparliamentary Group
FC MemberCongressional China Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
Ranking MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ethiopian American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Czech Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Finland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Refugee Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberTEX-21 Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baseball Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Direct Selling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional America 250 Caucus
FC MemberAmerica's Languages Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberEntrepreneurship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Budget
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
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 Diabetes Caucus


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.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1994    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Elwyn C. Lee   DOB: 1/12/1950
Counties Representing