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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-3816

Address: 2160 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (713) 655-0050

Address: 1919 Smith Street, Houston TX 77002-8098

Houston TX

Phone: (713) 691-4882

Fax: (713) 699-8292

Address: 6719 West Montgomery Road, Houston TX 77091-3105

Houston TX

Phone: (713) 861-4070

Fax: (713) 861-4323

Address: 420 West 19th Street, Houston TX 77008-3914

Houston TX

Phone: (713) 227-7740

Fax: (713) 227-7707

Address: 4300 Lyons Avenue, Houston TX 77020

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Sheila Jackson Lee Biography
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  • Elected: 1994, 10th term.
  • District: Texas 18
  • Born: Jan. 12, 1950, Queens, NY
  • Home: Houston
  • Education:

    Yale U., B.A. 1972, U. of VA, J.D. 1975

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1975–77, 1978–87; Staff cnsl., U.S. House Select Assassinations Cmte., 1977–78; Houston assoc. municipal judge, 1987–90.

  • Political Career:

    Houston City Cncl., 1990–94.

  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion:

    Seventh Day Adventist

  • Family: Married (Elwyn); 2 children

Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat first elected in 1994, is known as one of Congress’ most difficult members— she has had more staff turnover than any other lawmaker and regularly tops the “Biggest Show Horse” category in Washingtonian’s annual survey of Hill aides. But she is hugely popular at home, always winning at least 70% of the vote in elections. Read More

Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat first elected in 1994, is known as one of Congress’ most difficult members— she has had more staff turnover than any other lawmaker and regularly tops the “Biggest Show Horse” category in Washingtonian’s annual survey of Hill aides. But she is hugely popular at home, always winning at least 70% of the vote in elections.

A native of Queens, N.Y., Jackson Lee was educated at Yale University and the University of Virginia’s law school. She practiced law in Houston, where she was a local judge and won two terms as an at-large member of the Houston City Council. After a local term-limits law took effect in 1994, she ran for Congress. The incumbent was Democratic Rep.Craig Washington, a talented but iconoclastic legislator who voted against funding for the space station, a source of many local jobs, and against the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, which was a boon to Houston’s port traffic. Jackson Lee supported NAFTA and raised a lot of money from business interests that favored it. She won the primary, 63%-37%, and she prevailed in the general election.

In the House, Jackson Lee has a liberal voting record, although she has leanedtoward the center on economic issues. She is prolific in proposing bills and offering amendments on the floor. Typically, her measures call for studies on one topic or another, add small amounts to spending bills, or are non-controversial, such as one that called on Afghanistan to prohibit the use of children as soldiers. Her more substantive proposals—for example, in favor of NASA funding and abortion rights—usually have been defeated. She also is known for regularly grabbing a prominent aisle seat for presidential State of the Union addresses, ensuring her a moment of national television time with the chief executive as he enters. In Washingtonian’s poll, Jackson Lee has won best “Show Horse” every Congress since 2000 and has routinely taken top honors in the poll’s “Biggest Windbag” and “Meanest” categories.

Jackson Lee also draws negative reviews for her treatment of her staff. She used to have an aide drive her one block to and from her Capitol Hill apartment daily, and she has required aides to drive her to late-night hair styling appointments. A Washington Times analysis found that between 2001 and 2011, her annual staff turnover rate was 54%, 6 percentage points ahead of second-place finisher Betty Sutton of Ohio. She told the Houston Chronicle that while she can ruffle feathers, she is unflagging in her desire to serve constituents. “I just want to be called an Energizer bunny that keeps on working for the people of this great district,” she said.

Jackson Lee came into national prominence as an outspoken defender of Democratic President Bill Clinton during his impeachment in 1998. On the Judiciary Committee, she has faced conflicting desires from Latino constituents, who favor more generous treatment of immigrants, and African-American constituents, who see immigrants as competition for jobs. She frequently takes the pro-immigrant side. She favors an increase in visas and access to permanent resident status. She has vigilantly pursued alleged racial injustices in local courts; she called the Houston-area judicial system “tarnished” in 2008 after a grand jury failed to indict a white man who killed two black men after they robbed his neighbor.

She is the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, an assignment that suits a port city. Jackson Lee got into a furious debate with Homeland Security Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., at the panel’s controversial March 2011 hearing on domestic Muslim extremism, waving a copy of the Constitution and denouncing the effort as “an outrage” to law-abiding Muslims. Meanwhile, King pounded his gavel to try to silence her.

Jackson Lee has been mindful to keep her name recognition in the district high, going so far as to have aides track constituents’ deaths and then calling their grieving families to ask if she can speak at their funerals. Her most famous eulogy came in July 2009, when Jermaine Jackson asked her to speak at his famous brother Michael Jackson’s memorial service in Los Angeles. She delivered a rambling speech to the crowd of 20,000 who gathered for the pop star’s funeral, speaking for more time than many of the stars there who knew Jackson personally.

In 2010, Jackson Lee faced a primary challenge from Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson, who cited her reputation as difficult to work with, and local lawyer Sean Roberts. Neither, however, came remotely close to her in fundraising, and in February, she unveiled her trump card—an endorsement from President Barack Obama calling her “a tireless champion for Houston’s working families.” She drew 67% of the vote to Johnson’s 28% and Roberts’ 5%, a victory that ensured her reelection. Two years later, she had no primary opponents and beat Republican Sean Seibert, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, 75%-23%. She was diagnosed in 2011 with breast cancer but announced three months before the election that she was cancer-free.

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Sheila Jackson Lee Election Results
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2012 General
Sheila Jackson Lee (D)
Votes: 146,223
Percent: 75.01%
Sean Seibert (R)
Votes: 44,015
Percent: 22.58%
Christopher Barber (Lib)
Votes: 4,694
Percent: 2.41%
2012 Primary
Sheila Jackson Lee (D)
Votes: 21,171
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (70%), 2008 (77%), 2006 (77%), 2004 (89%), 2002 (77%), 2000 (76%), 1998 (90%), 1996 (77%), 1994 (73%)
Sheila Jackson Lee 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 72 (L) : 27 (C) 84 (L) : 15 (C) 65 (L) : 34 (C)
Social 77 (L) : 23 (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 76 (L) : 24 (C)
Foreign 65 (L) : 34 (C) 81 (L) : 19 (C) 84 (L) : 12 (C)
Composite 71.7 (L) : 28.3 (C) 86.0 (L) : 14.0 (C) 75.8 (L) : 24.2 (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
LCV8063
CFG611
ITIC-50
NTU129
20112012
COC31-
ACLU-92
ACU40
ADA9080
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: Y
    • 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: N
    • 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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