Gene Green

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Gene Green
Rep. Gene Green.jpg
Acting Chair of the House Ethics Committee
In office
August 20, 2008 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byStephanie Tubbs Jones
Succeeded byZoe Lofgren
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 29th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded bySylvia Garcia
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 6th district
In office
May 27, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byLindon Williams
Succeeded byDan Shelley
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 140th district
In office
January 1981 – May 27, 1985
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byGene Haney
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 95th district
In office
January 9, 1973 – January 1981
Preceded byJ. W. Buchanan
Succeeded byReby Cary
Personal details
Born
Raymond Eugene Green

(1947-10-17) October 17, 1947 (age 71)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Helen Green
EducationUniversity of Houston (BA, JD)

Raymond Eugene Green (born October 17, 1947) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 29th congressional district, serving for 13 terms. He is a member of the Democratic Party. His district included most of eastern Houston, including portions of the suburbs.

In November 2017, Green announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term, and not run for re-election in 2018.[1]

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 was reelected 12 times, never facing substantive electoral opposition. He ran unopposed in 1998, 2002 and 2004.

On November 13 Green announced his retirement.[1] He later endorsed State Senator Sylvia Garcia, who now represented his old state senate district (and who finished third in the 1992 Democratic primary) as his successor. Garcia went on to win the primary,[2] and easily won the general election.

Green left office in January 2019 after representing portions of eastern Houston for 46 years, having never lost an election.

Tenure[edit]

In the 115th Congress, Green was the only non-Hispanic white 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).

From 1996 until his retirement in 2019, Green was 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 served 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 working on education, labor, energy, domestic manufacturing, health issues, NASA's Johnson Space Center, and Social Security and veterans benefits. He has worked 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 September 11 attacks in 2001. 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.

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 worked for increased access to affordable and quality health care.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wallace, Jeremy (November 13, 2017). "Gene Green stepping aside after more than two decades in Congress". Houston Chronicle. Houston, TX. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Shay, Miya (March 6, 2018). "Senator Garcia expected to take Congressman Gene Green's seat in Congress". KTRK-TV.
  3. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Members". Afterschool Alliance. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 11, 2018.

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. W. Buchanan
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 95th district

1973–1981
Succeeded by
Reby Cary
New constituency Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 140th district

1981–1985
Succeeded by
Gene Haney
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Lindon Williams
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 6th district

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

1993–2019
Succeeded by
Sylvia Garcia
Preceded by
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Chair of House Ethics Committee
Acting

2008–2009
Succeeded by
Zoe Lofgren