February 24, 2020/Media

Read More About the Fearless African American Leaders Representing Texas in the U.S. House

The bold, forward-thinking African American legislators representing Texas in the U.S. House have each embodied the Democratic values that ignite progressive change in our great state. 

From the legislators who have spent several decades fighting for Texas’ future, to those newly elected Texas Democrats, our legislature is immensely stronger because of the Black men and women representing Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Marc Veasey 

After serving in the Texas Legislature, Rep. Marc Veasey successfully mounted a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, where he currently represents Texas’ 33rd Congressional District. 

Throughout his tenure in the U.S. House, Veasey has fought for Democratic reforms, all the while keeping the benefit of his constituents at the forefront of his policy initiatives. In 2016, Veasey founded the first Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, serving as its chair, and made protecting barriers to the ballot box an utmost priority. Through his courageous effort, Veasey and fellow Democrats have sought to uplift the traditionally disenfranchised communities who have been hindered from exercising their democratic right to vote. 

Veasey’s mission to expand voting rights didn’t stop there. Two years after founding the Caucus, the Texas Democrat was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that successfully challenged Texas’ discriminatory voter-ID law. 

Rep. Veasey has fought tirelessly for initiatives that aim to jumpstart job growth, including by championing small businesses in his district. One of Veasey’s widely applauded efforts is Arlington’s National Medal of Honor Museum, which is slated to open its doors in 2024. 

The bold Congressman has demonstrated, time and time again, a commitment to the Democratic principles that uplift communities, foster economic advancement, and ensure every constituent has a fair shot at success. 

Eddie Bernice Johnson 

Currently serving her 14th term representing the 30th Congressional District in Texas, Eddie Bernice Johnson has been one of Texas’ leading Democratic champions for nearly 30 years. 

Following the 2018 midterm election, Johnson became the first African American from Texas to chair a standing committee — the U.S. House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology Committee. 

In her committee role, Johnson has ensured that women and people of color are front and center when discussing innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She has steered the committee to embrace scientific findings and advocate for legislation that can help the United States confront the role our country plays in exacerbating the effects of climate change. 

When Congresswoman Johnson first ran for the Texas Legislature in 1972, she was serving as the first Black woman Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the Dallas Veterans Administration Hospital. 

Seven years after the Voting Rights Act passed, Johnson mounted a successful bid for the Texas House, thus becoming the first black woman elected to any public office from Dallas. Johnson went on to work in Jimmy Carter’s administration and was later elected to the Texas Senate. For the last 26 years, Johnson’s been leading her district in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Al Green 

Throughout his career in Texas politics, Al Green has exhibited an unwavering commitment to social justice, racial equality, and above all else, the people of Houston’s 9th Congressional district. The fierce Texas Democrat has been at the forefront of fighting for those Texans and Americans who are too often left behind.

The Texas Democrat has used both legal and advocacy channels to bring positive change to Texas communities. In his capacity as a legislator, Green has served on the Financial Services Committee, through which he and his Democratic colleagues spearheaded the creation of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion — in order to expand employment opportunities for people of color and women. Rep. Green also serves on the Homeland Security Committee as well as several subcommittees. 

During his 10-year tenure as the President of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Green greatly increased the internal capacity and external reach of the organization. The Texas Democrat served as the Justice of the Peace for Harris County for 26 years before retiring and ascending to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Rep. Green’s work as an elected official, lawyer, civil rights champion and more are worthy of the utmost praise, however, Rep. Green’s effectiveness and his dedication to the pursuit of justice are a direct reflection of his character. Above all else, the Houston-native fights for what is right, and that deserves a standing ovation. 

Sheila Jackson Lee 

Sheila Jackson Lee — who has served Houston’s 18th Congressional District in Congress since 1995 — has been a trailblazing Democratic leader throughout her twenty years in the legislature. 

Jackson Lee has sponsored critical mental health legislation, earning the “Legislator of the Year” award by the National Mental Health Association. Additionally, she was named one of the 10 most influential legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. News and World Report. Not only has Rep. Lee been known for consistently filing legislation; she has a reputation for never shying away from big, bold ideas. 

A senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security, and the first female Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee for Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, Rep. Lee has been at the helm of many of the House committees’ groundbreaking work. 

Rep. Lee has spearheaded numerous pieces of legislation that promote social and economic justice and energy independence. Currently serving her tenth term in the U.S. House, Congresswoman Lee has earned the moniker “Voice of Reason.” 

Colin Allred

In 2018, the people of Texas elected Rep. Colin Allred to the U.S. House of Representatives, unseating Republican Pete Sessions. The freshman Democrat has made the people of Texas unbelievably proud throughout his first term in office, serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. 

The Texas Democrat has co-sponsored numerous bills through his work in committees, in addition to spearheading crucial healthcare bills that expand access to affordable healthcare, the Allred Resolution, which authorizes the U.S. House to intervene as a party in the Texas Republican lawsuit seeking to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

While advocating for policies that will improve the lives of Texans in Texas’ 32nd Congressional district, Allred has positioned himself as one of the key voices amongst the Democratic Party’s class of freshman legislators.