Congressman Al Green Honors the Legacy of Late Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee

Jan 6, 2016

(Washington, DC)—On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) offered the following statement in the Congressional Record of the House of Representatives on the legacy of the late Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee:

“Mr. Speaker, today, I would like to honor the memory of a noble public servant and trailblazer: Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee. Elected in 1985, after serving in the Texas House of Representatives for five years, Commissioner Lee became the first African American to sit on the Harris County Commissioners Court. He selflessly served Harris County’s Precinct 1 for more than a quarter-century with exceptional distinction.

“Commissioner Lee was not just a holder of public trust but a pioneer and community leader. He used his compassion and experience to boldly advocate for his constituents and the betterment of his community. Commissioner Lee will be specifically remembered for his impassioned advocacy for better healthcare access and educational opportunities throughout the inner city, as well as his support for the Harris County Precinct One Street Olympics Program.

“Mr. Speaker, I am fortunate enough to say that I knew and worked alongside Commissioner Lee. I believe that when history records the legacy of Commissioner Lee, he will be forever remembered for his caring and candid demeanor as he worked to serve his constituents, his county, as well as his country.”