Houston, Texas , United States
|| October 17, 1947
Feb 05, 2013 07:16pm
Caucasian - Liberal - Anti School Vouchers - Health Care Reform - Pro- gun - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Protectionist -
|Info||Congressman Gene Green was first elected to Congress from the 29th Congressional District of Texas in 1992 after twenty years in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. In 1996 he was appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and currently serves on the following subcommittees: Telecommunications and the Internet; Health; and Environment and Hazardous Materials. He was selected to serve as a Deputy Whip and was appointed by the Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt to the Democratic Caucus Steering and Policy Committee. |
Since being elected to the House of Representatives, Congressman Green has been a champion of education, labor, and health issues. He has worked hard to increase job training services and access to technology; to reform managed care and provide affordable prescription drug benefits to seniors; and to increase the minimum wage.
Congressman Green has been involved in a number of issues and projects directly affecting the 29th District. In 1998, he was instrumental in the revitalization of the Houston Head Start program, ensuring that this vital program was made available to all children. He has worked to secure federal funds for the expansion of the Port of Houston and Intercontinental Airport, and is currently working on legislation to declare the Buffalo Bayou a National Heritage area.
Additionally, the Congressman has organized many annual events in the 29th District that serve to improve lives in the community. His annual "Immunization Day" and "Citizenship Day" are two of his most successful events. In 2001, 350 legal residents were assisted with their citizenship applications and 250 elementary age children received free vaccines.
Congressman Green has received numerous awards and recognitions during his years of public service. The University of Houston presented Congressman Green with their 1995 Distinguished Alumnus Award for his personal and professional accomplishments as well as his commitment to the University of Houston. He has also received awards from the National Rehabilitation Association, the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and the American Council for the Blind for his work on vocational rehabilitation programs. In 1998 he was bestowed the title of Honorary Member of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and awarded the Fiestas Patrias "Mexicano de Corazon" award for his work and contributions to the Hispanic community. In 1999 and 2000, Congressman Green was awarded the U. S. Oncology Medal of Honor for his work in directing more federal research funds towards finding a cure for cancer. In January 2001, he was recognized by the Association for Residency and Citizenship (ARCA) for his effort to protect the rights of late amnesty applicants.
Congressman Gene Green, a native Houstonian, was born October 17, 1947. He received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston in 1971. He later attended Bates College of Law at the University of Houston and was admitted as a member of the State Bar of Texas in 1977. He married Helen Albers Green in January 1970. She has taught math in the Aldine Independent School District since 1969. They have two children. Angela is a medical student at the University of Texas-Medical Branch; and Christopher, a graduate of Texas A&M-Galveston. They attend Spring Woods United Methodist Church in Houston.
His civic activities include numerous Chambers of Commerce in the 29th Congressional District, Aldine Optimist Club, Communication Workers of America, the Texas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Green's Congressional affiliations include the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Biomedical Research Caucus, the Congressional Steel Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Urban Health Caucus and the Sportman's Caucus.