Al Green '74
January 5, 2011, U.S. Representative Al Green took the oath of office to
serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his
fourth term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran
civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those
in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.
Congressman Green’s chief legislative priorities for the 112th Congress
are rebuilding the American economy and stabilizing our housing market.
He serves on the Financial Services Committee, where he sits on two
sub-committees; Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology as well as
Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises. Additionally,
Congressman Green serves as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Party
in the U.S. House of Representatives. He remains committed to increasing
the levels of affordable housing and ensuring that every American
realizes the dream of homeownership.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Green’s parents taught him the
importance of education and instilled in him the drive and determination
to succeed. After attending Florida A&M University in 1971, he went on
to attend Tuskegee Institute of Technology. In 1974, Congressman Green
earned his law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas
Southern University, where he later served as an instructor. As a
student, he earned awards in the areas of Federal Procedure and
After graduating from law school, Green co-founded and co-managed the
law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry and Fitch. In 1977, he was elected
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Position 2, where he served for 26
years before retiring in 2004. Throughout his career, Green has earned
the respect of his colleagues and a wide cross-section of community
leaders who have praised his legal skills, impeccable character and
innate ability to communicate skillfully with people of diverse
For nearly ten years, 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 500 to 3,500 and the staff from one to
twenty. Congressman Green would become known as an unwavering defender
of equality and a champion of all people. During his tenure, he oversaw
the purchase and renovation of a building to serve as the NAACP’s home.
In an effort to ensure that all Houstonians share in its growing
economy, Green created the Houston Fair Share program, which encourages
corporations to join with minority firms in joint ventures and to hire
minority vendors. He co-founded the Black and Brown Coalition with Judge
Armando Rodriguez. This organization brings together Houston's African
American and Hispanic communities to work on issues of common interest.
As a testament to his exceptional service to the community, and in
recognition of his outstanding professional achievement and superior
leadership ability, Congressman Green has received numerous awards.
These awards include: Texas Association of REALTORS Legacy Award, 2011;
Texas Black Democrats’ Profiles of Courage Award, 2007; the AFL-CIO MLK
Drum Major Award for Service, 2007; Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most
Influential Black People, 2006; and the NAACP Fort Bend Branch Mickey
Leland Humanitarian Award, 2006. Green was honored for his outstanding
accomplishments by the City of Houston with “Al Green Day.” Mayor Bob
Lanier cited him as a “vigorous spokesman for fairness, justice and
equality for all," and cited his "distinguished reputation for his
ability to bring together people of different ethnic, political and
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