Al Green - Class of 1974
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 Conflicts.
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 backgrounds.
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 social lives."