Gene Green

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Not to be confused with Gene Greene or Eugene A. Greene.
Gene Green
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 29th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 1993
Preceded by District established
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 6th district
In office
1987–1993
Preceded by Lindon Williams
Succeeded by Dan Shelley
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 140th district
In office
1981–1985
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Gene Haney
In office
1973–1981
Preceded by J. W. Buchanan
Succeeded by Reby Cary
Personal details
Born (1947-10-17) October 17, 1947 (age 66)
Houston, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Helen Green
Residence Houston, Texas
Alma mater University of Houston
Occupation attorney
Religion Methodist

Raymond Eugene "Gene" Green (born October 17, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 29th congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes most of eastern Houston, along with large portions of Houston's eastern suburbs.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Green was born in Houston and he graduated from the University of Houston, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1971 and a law degree in 1977. He held positions as a business manager and a private attorney prior to his election to Congress.

Texas legislature[edit]

Green was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1985.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Gene Green, former Houston mayor Lee P. Brown, and others

Elections[edit]

Green was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992. Although the 29th was (then as now) drawn as a majority-Hispanic district, Green finished second in the five-way Democratic primary, behind city councilman Ben Reyes. Green defeated Reyes in the runoff by only 180 votes, all but assuring him of election in this heavily Democratic district. Green has been reelected eight times, never facing substantive electoral opposition. He ran unopposed in 1998, 2002 and 2004.

Tenure[edit]

Green is presently the only caucasian Democrat representing a significant portion of Houston, and one of only three in the entire Texas delegation (the others being Lloyd Doggett and Beto O'Rourke).

Since 1996, Green has been a member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. In 2011, he became Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Legislative Issues[edit]

Since being elected to the House of Representatives, Green has been a champion of education, labor, energy, domestic manufacturing, health issues, NASA's Johnson Space Center, and Social Security and veterans benefits. He has worked hard to improve access to quality health care, support initiatives to improve our economy and increased job training, and maintain financial aid for students.

Congressman Green voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution in 2002, and gave a speech on the house floor linking Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks. Despite the Democratic leadership's general disapproval of the war, Green voted against measures aimed at placing a timetable on military withdrawal.

In September 2004, he proposed the Every Vote Counts Amendment, which would have abolished the U.S. electoral college in United States presidential elections.

Congressman Green has also proposed legislation addressing domestic and global electronic waste (e-waste) concerns. H.R. 2284, The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2011, was introduced in the 112th Congress to prohibit the exportation of some electronics whose improper disposal may create environmental, health, or national security risks.

Rep. Green also served on the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health during drafting of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and helped write and amend the legislation. Since then, he has continued to be a champion for increased access to affordable and quality health care.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus Memberships
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Vision Caucus

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. W. Buchanan
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 95 (Houston)

1973–1981
Succeeded by
Reby Cary
Preceded by
New district
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 140 (Houston)

1981–1985
Succeeded by
Eugene R. “Gene” Haney
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Lindon Williams
Texas State Senator
from District 6 (Houston)

1987–1993
Succeeded by
Dan Shelley
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
New district
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 29th congressional district

1993–Present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Ohio
Chairman of House Ethics Committee
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Zoe Lofgren
California
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bob Goodlatte
R-Virginia
United States Representatives by seniority
54th
Succeeded by
Luis Gutierrez
D-Illinois