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Al Green

Learn more about Congressman Green, including biographical information and Congressional committees and caucuses that he serves on.

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Full Biography

Representing the 9th Congressional District of Houston, Texas

Official Biography

On January 3, 2021, U.S. Congressman Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his ninth term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has fought for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

Congressman Al Green currently serves on the Financial Services Committee as well as the Committee on Homeland Security. On the Financial Services Committee, he serves on three subcommittees: Diversity and Inclusion; Housing, Community Development,  and Insurance;  as well as Oversight and Investigations, where he holds the position of Chair. On the Committee on Homeland Security, he serves on two subcommittees: Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery and Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations. Within the Democratic Party he holds the position of Assistant Whip.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Congressman Al Green’s family taught him the importance of positive preparation through education and righteous resistance to overcome persistent injustice. He attended Florida A&M University, Howard University, and the Tuskegee Institute. Without receiving an undergraduate degree, he enrolled in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1973. As a law student, he earned awards in Federal Procedure and Conflicts.

After graduating from law school, Congressman Al Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. In 1977, he was appointed Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2004.  Throughout his career, Congressman Al Green has enjoyed the respect of his colleagues as well as a wide cross-section of community leaders, who have praised his legal skills, impeccable character, and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

For approximately ten years, Congressman Al Green served as president of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Under his leadership, the organization grew to unprecedented heights, increasing membership from a few hundred to many thousands, and the staff from one to more than ten.

As a testament to his exceptional service to the community, and in recognition of his outstanding professional achievement as well as his superior leadership ability, Congressman Al Green has received numerous awards and accolades. Steadfast in his commitment to serving the communities he represents in Congress, he is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) as well as the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Congressman Green holds memberships in several community organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

As evidence of how truly blessed Congressman Al Green believes he is, when asked, “How are you?” he often responds, “Better than I deserve.”

Committees and Caucuses

I am honored to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services and the Comiittee on Homeland Security.

The House Committee on Financial Services

The role of the Committee is to oversee the entire financial services industry, including the securities, insurance, banking and housing industries. The Committee also oversees the work of the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and other financial services regulators. I currently sit on the following subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Chairman
    • As Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I have the preeminent privilege of convening hearings that explore a range of relevant topics. Please see testimonies and live footage from some of these hearings below:
      • "Financial Services and the LGBTQ+ Community: A Review of Discrimination in Lending and Housing" (Tuesday, October 29, 2019) - Testimonies and Archived Webcast
      • "Examining Discrimination and Other Barriers to Consumer Credit, Homeownership, and Financial Inclusion in Texas" (Wednesday, September 4, 2019) - Testimonies and Archived Webcast

The House Committee on Homeland Security

The role of the Committee is to provide Congressional oversight over the development of the Department of Homeland Security and the policies it enforces. I currently sit on the following subcommittees:

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Founded in 1994, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, as well as members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

I serve as a member of this caucus to promote the interests of the constituents of the Ninth Congressional District of Texas, many of whom are from the AAPI community. I also serve on the Executive Board of CAPAC, and as the CAPAC Housing Taskforce Chair.

The Congressional Black Caucus

Founded in 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is committed to producing tangible results in suffering communities through legislation that creates jobs, fosters minority business opportunities, and builds a stronger foundation for the future.

I serve as a member of this caucus to promote the interests of the constituents of the Ninth Congressional District of Texas, many of whom are African American.