Al Green (politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Al Green (Texas))
Jump to: navigation, search
Al Green
Al Green Official.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 9th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Nick Lampson
Personal details
Born (1947-09-01) September 1, 1947 (age 70)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Alief, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater Florida A&M University
Tuskegee University
Texas Southern University
Occupation Attorney

Al Green (born September 1, 1947) is an American lawyer, and politician who is currently serving as the U.S. Representative from Texas's 9th congressional district, serving since 2005. The district includes most of southwestern Houston, including most of that city's share of Fort Bend County. It also includes most of Missouri City. Green is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and early career[edit]

Green was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Florida A&M University and transferred to Tuskegee University. He subsequently attended the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, where he received a J.D. degree, in 1974. After receiving his law degree and being admitted to the Texas Bar, he remained in Houston and currently lives in the Alief community.

In 1978, Green was elected justice of the peace in Harris County, Texas, in the precinct 7, place 2 position. He held this position for 26 years.

A former trial lawyer, Green co-founded the firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. He also served as president of the Houston NAACP and, during his term as the organization's leader, membership increased sevenfold. While serving as NAACP leader, he focused on increasing minority hiring in Texas and forming alliances with Hispanic groups.

While still serving as a justice of the peace, Green ran for mayor of Houston in 1981, finishing fifth in the primary.

Green is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 2004, Green entered the Democratic primary for the 9th District. The district had previously been the 25th, represented by Democrat Chris Bell. However, Bell was placed in significant jeopardy as a result of the 2003 Texas redistricting. Although the district was heavily Democratic, it had a significantly larger number of blacks and Latinos than its predecessor. The old 25th had been 65 percent white, while the new 9th was 17 percent white, 37 percent black and 33 percent Latino. This left Bell vulnerable to a primary challenge from a black or Latino Democrat, and prompted him to file an ethics challenge against Tom DeLay.

In the March 9 primary, Green beat Bell with 66 percent of the vote to Bell's 31 percent. He beat the Republican nominee Annette Molina in November.

He was reelected unopposed in 2006 and faced only a Libertarian in 2008. This is not surprising given this district's political tilt; with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+29, it is the most Democratic district in Houston. Hillary Clinton carried it in 2016 with 79.3 percent of the vote, her strongest showing in Texas.

Tenure[edit]

While in Congress, Green has focused on issues similar to those that he worked for while with the NAACP. Fair housing and hiring practices for the poor and minorities are some of his greatest concerns.

After the 2012 election, in which he was once again reelected in Texas' 9th district,[3] Green spoke at a press conference in Houston. He emphasized the need for the lame duck Congress to work together to reform the budget. He announced his plan to propose infrastructure development across the country, in order to create jobs and unify America.[4]

Green is a supporter of the Federal Reserve's program of quantitative easing and claims that it has led to economic recovery since the financial crisis of 2008.[5]

Congressman Al Green's Floor Speech on the Impeachment of President Trump

He was the first congressman to bring the idea of impeaching President Donald Trump to the House of Representatives.[6] On May 17, 2017, during the House's five-minute speech time, Green called for the House to impeach Trump, citing his firing of FBI Director James Comey and Trump's statement in an interview that he did so in consideration of Comey's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[7]

Green stated,

"I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice. I do not do this for political purposes, Mr. Speaker. I do this because I believe in the great ideals that this country stands for — liberty and justice for all, the notion that we should have government of the people, by the people, for the people. I do it because, Mr. Speaker, there is a belief in this country that no one is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States of America."[8]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucuses[edit]

  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Congressional Maritime Caucus
  • Congressional Urban Caucus
  • Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus
  • Congressional Natural Gas Caucus
  • Congressional Ports Caucus
  • Congressional Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) Caucus
  • Congressional After School Caucus
  • Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
  • Congressional Military Family Caucus
  • Congressional Children's Caucus
  • Congressional India Caucus

Threats against Green[edit]

On May 20, 2017, Al Green posted voicemail messages on YouTube from callers promoting his lynching. This included racial slurs after his call for Trump's impeachment.[9][10][11]

Political positions[edit]

Green, a Democrat, shows strong liberal tendencies on social issues.

He is pro-choice, and consistently votes accordingly. On October 13, 2011, he voted against an amendment to the Affordable Care Act, which prevented insurance gained through the Act to cover abortions.[12] The bill passed convincingly in the House. Green has voted against eight other bills proposed in the House that would prevent any government spending to cover abortion. Due to this, he has received 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, while receiving a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.[13]

Green also supports gun control. He spoke out after the Trayvon Martin shooting, asking members of the African-American community to show faith in the justice system and let the courts do their job and convict George Zimmerman.[14] The National Rifle Association gave him a rating of 0%, and Gun Owners of America rated him 25%, while the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gave him a Lifetime Score of 83%.[13]

On budget issues, Congressman Green strongly follows his party’s views. He has supported every budget bill proposed during President Obama’s term. However, during President Bush’s term, he voted against all bills to cut government spending and taxes.[12] Green also voted for President Obama's bailout of the Auto Industry in 2009.[12] On December 10, 2008, he wrote a statement supporting the bailout, saying, “The auto bailout is really about bailing out people, and the people of this country... I think that [how tax dollars are spent] is a legitimate concern for the American people, but I do think, with the proper strings attached, we can bail out the people...who may lose their jobs.”[15]

Congressman Green is a member of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus. He is a strong supporter of holding on to Pakistan as an ally in South Asia. After the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007, which initially destabilized the country as riots erupted, Green issued a statement condemning the assassination as a “dastardly effort to circumvent the democratic process.” He announced the US’s continued alliance with Pakistan, and urged Pakistanis to continue pushing towards democracy, “knowing that freedom, justice, and democracy are difficult to achieve.”[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (January 5, 2011). "Ten Southern Baptists sworn in as new reps.". Baptist Press. Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Senate approves resolution" (Press release). Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. November 6, 2006. Retrieved December 31, 2008. Alpha Phi Alpha is an exceptional organization that deserves to be recognized and honored for all of its many great achievements. The fraternity has helped shape more than 175,000 young men into extraordinary leaders who contribute positively to their communities and the world. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Al Green's Political Summary - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. 
  4. ^ "Congressman Al Green speaks at post-election news conference". yourhoustonnews.com. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Hearing - Domestic Monetary Policy & Technology". House Committee on Financial Services. February 9, 2011. Archived from the original on May 5, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ Green, Miranda (May 17, 2017). "Congressman calls for Trump's impeachment". CNN. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ C-SPAN (May 17, 2017). "Rep. Al Green (D-TX) calls for Impeachment of President Trump (C-SPAN)". Retrieved May 21, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  8. ^ Segarra, Lisa Marie (May 17, 2017). "Read Rep. Al Green's Speech Calling for President Trump's Impeachment". Time Magazine. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ Green, Al (May 20, 2017). "Rep. Al Green (D-TX) posts a video of a threatening voicemail". Retrieved May 21, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  10. ^ Siciliano, John. "Callers threaten to hang Democrat Al Green after calling for Trump impeachment". Washington Examiner. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Congressman threatened with lynching after calling for Trump's impeachment". Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c "Al Green's Voting Records - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. 
  13. ^ a b "Al Green's Ratings and Endorsements - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. 
  14. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (April 12, 2012). "Rep. Wilson calls for debate on racial profiling in wake of Zimmerman arrest". thehill.com. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Auto Bailout Is Really About Bailing Out People (Rep. Al Green)". TheHill. 
  16. ^ "Democratic Pursuits Vital to Pakistan's Future (Rep. Al Green)". TheHill. 

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nick Lampson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 9th congressional district

2005–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Louie Gohmert
R-Texas
United States Representatives by seniority
125th
Succeeded by
Brian Higgins
D-New York