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Rep. Al Green (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-7508

Address: 2201 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (713) 383-9234

Address: 3003 South Loop West, Houston TX 77054-1301

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Rodriguez, Rachael
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Swindle, Bessie
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Webster, Crystal
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Al Green Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Texas 9
  • Born: Sep. 01, 1947, New Orleans, LA
  • Home: Houston
  • Education:

    TX Southern U., J.D. 1973

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1973-77; Pres., Houston NAACP, 1986-95.

  • Political Career:

    Harris Cnty. justice of the peace, 1977-2004.

  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Single

Democrat Al Green, first elected in 2004, champions the concerns of the homeless and poor. Like his namesake soul-singer-turned-preacher, Green is deeply religious, usually sporting a “God Is Good” lapel pin. Read More

Democrat Al Green, first elected in 2004, champions the concerns of the homeless and poor. Like his namesake soul-singer-turned-preacher, Green is deeply religious, usually sporting a “God Is Good” lapel pin.

Green grew up in New Orleans. He attended college at Florida A&M University and graduated from Texas Southern University’s law school, where he later taught. From 1986 to 1995, he was president of the Houston chapter of the NAACP. In 1977, he was elected justice of the peace and served 26 years. After new district boundaries were created in 2003, Green saw an opening to run for Congress. The representative from the old district that covered much of this area was Chris Bell, a white Democrat first elected in 2002. That year, he ran with liberal support and beat a more conservative black candidate. The primary against Green was a different matter. Green said that he wanted to fight racial profiling and discrimination in law enforcement, and used subtle racial references on the campaign trail, including his promise to bring “a mountain of soul” to the new district. He amassed an impressive roster of endorsements from prominent local and national black leaders.

Bell responded by asking voters “not to focus on the color of my skin, but on the size of my heart.” He was endorsed by the AFL-CIO, Texas teachers, abortion rights groups, and Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But he struggled as a white candidate running in a heavily minority district. As the primary neared, the racially charged atmosphere intensified. When state Democratic Chairman Charles Soechting endorsed Bell, Green said that it reminded him of “the double standards when African-Americans had to ride on the back of the bus and drink from colored-only water fountains.” Green won the primary in a landslide, 66%-31%, and faced no real opposition in the general election.

In the House, Green began with a relatively moderate voting record, but has become a loyal Democrat in recent years. On the Financial Services Committee, he has worked to eliminate housing practices that discriminated against minorities, at times successfully enlisting Republicans in his efforts. The committee in February 2013 approved an oversight plan for the 113th Congress (2013-14) that he amended to cover several of his priorities: enforcing discrimination violations, ensuring that the Department of Housing and Urban Development pays attention to veterans’ housing issues, and maintaining funding of Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement activities.

After Democrats were criticized before their 2012 convention for initially leaving the word “God” out of the party platform, Green was added as a speaker to reinforce the party’s commitment to religion. “Our faith tells us we have a moral obligation to better our communities, to accept responsibility and care for each other,” he said in his remarks. “But these values are not just unique to believers—they are American values, and this is the American way.”

Like other Texas lawmakers, Green is protective of the oil and gas industry, joining a group of Democrats in 2009 warning that President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise taxes and impose new fees on the industry would hamper domestic production. Greenbroke with most House Democrats by voting in 2012 on a bill to double the number of offshore oil and gas drilling leases, probably the smart vote in a Houston-based district that relies on oil profits. He left the Homeland Security Committee after the GOP takeover in 2011, but attended a controversial panel hearing on Muslim extremism in March to passionately tell panel members that other groups using religion as the basis for their views, such as the Ku Klux Klan, also should be examined.

Green was reelected twice without Republicanopposition before easily beating GOP business analyst Steve Mueller in 2010 and 2012. He is one of a handful of members who stakes out an aisle seat in the House chamber hours before the annual State of Union address to ensure getting a few seconds of televised face time with the president.

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Al Green Election Results
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2012 General
Al Green (D)
Votes: 144,075
Percent: 78.49%
Steve Mueller
Votes: 36,139
Percent: 19.69%
2012 Primary
Al Green (D)
Votes: 20,917
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (76%), 2008 (94%), 2006 (100%), 2004 (72%)
Al Green Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 67 (L) : 32 (C) 64 (L) : 36 (C) 63 (L) : 37 (C)
Social 84 (L) : 15 (C) 81 (L) : 15 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 61 (L) : 39 (C) 63 (L) : 36 (C) 70 (L) : 28 (C)
Composite 71.0 (L) : 29.0 (C) 70.2 (L) : 29.8 (C) 74.7 (L) : 25.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV8074
CFG1321
ITIC-58
NTU1214
20112012
COC38-
ACLU-100
ACU816
ADA8575
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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