Al (Al) Green (D-09)

US Representative Al Green

Al (Al) Green (D-09)
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Capitol: 202.225.7508
FAX: 202.225.2947
District: 713.383.9234
Representative
Room 2347 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4309
2440 Texas Parkway
Missouri City, TX 77489
Residence:Houston, TX

Committee Assignments

RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
FC MemberCongressional Savings and Ownership Caucus
FC MemberCenter Aisle Caucus [CAC]
FC MemberCongressional Texas Maritime Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
FC MemberTEX-21 Congressional Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Azerbaijan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberVietnam Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
Ranking MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus

Bio

In 2004, Al Green won election to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Houston area Ninth District. Rep. Green, a son of the segregated south, born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 1, 1947, has devoted his life to the elimination of all forms of invidious discrimination and the rectification of America's seminal sin- slavery. His mother, a maid, and father, a mechanic's helper, emphasized the importance of an education. Without acquiring an undergraduate degree, he earned his law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1974. Upon graduating from law school, Green cofounded the law firm, Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. In 1977, he was appointed justice of the peace in Harris County, Texas, and served until retiring in 2004. For nearly 10 years, Green served as president of the Houston branch of the NAACP. Under his leadership, the organization grew from 500 members to 3,500, expanded its budget, and acquired property to serve as its headquarters. He stepped down as president in 1995. In 2004, Green, who considers himself a liberated democrat, "unbought, unbossed and unafraid" entered the congressional race for the newly configured Ninth District. Green ran on his long record of public service in Houston, emerging as the winner in the March Democratic primary with 66 percent of the vote. He prevailed in the general election with 72 percent of the vote. In the current Congress, Green serves as the ranking member of the Oversight Subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee. In his first term, Green introduced the Homes for Heroes Act. The bill created a veterans' affairs position in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist veterans experiencing homelessness to find affordable housing. "I am sorry to report, Mr. Speaker" Green said on the House Floor when the bill came up for debate, "that as many are sleeping in the suites of life, too many are sleeping on the streets of life." The measure was passed in 2016 when it was included in the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act and was signed into law. Green became the first lawmaker to introduce and force a vote on three articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump in the 115th and 116th Congresses. When the House finally passed articles of impeachment in 2019 and 2021, Green voted for all of them. Supported by his Texas Democratic Congressional Colleagues and both United States Senators from Texas, Green recommended Attorney Gregg Costa in 2011 as well as Federal Magistrate George Hanks and Harris County District Court Judge Al Bennett in 2014 for Federal District Court Judgeships. Additionally in 2014, Green recommended Judge Gregg Costa be elevated to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. All three were nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to their respective benches. In December 2020, Green's legislation establishing an Emergency Capital Investment Program became law as part of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The legislation established a $9 billion Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP) for minority depository institutions and Community Development Financial Institutions serving low- and moderate-income communities. In March 2021, Green's legislation reauthorizing and funding the State Small Business Credit Initiative was included in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The legislation reauthorized and funded the State Small Business Credit Initiative at $10 billion. The funds expanded access to capital for small businesses still adapting to the pandemic and seeking to create high-quality jobs across the nation. The funding is expected to catalyze $100 billion in private investment for small businesses. In November 2021, Green's legislation, H.R. 2689, the Minority Business Resiliency Act, was signed into law as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency dedicated solely to the growth of minority businesses. H.R. 2689 permanently codified the MBDA in federal law to promote and administer programs to assist the development and resiliency of minority business enterprises. This Congress, Representative Green has introduced three resolutions designed to start healing the chasm of racial animus that exists within our nation today. The first of these is the Slavery Remembrance Day resolution, a resolution to create a commemorative day to remember the victims of slavery. The second is a resolution to remove the name of Richard B. Russell, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, from the Russell Senate Office Building. The third is a resolution to create a Cabinet-level Department of Reconciliation which would be tasked with eliminating racism and discrimination in the United States. During his tenure as a U.S. Representative, Green has been successful in securing over $100 million worth of funding for community projects for the Texas Ninth Congressional District.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2004    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 9/1/1947
Counties Representing
Fort Bend
Harris