On January 3, 2013, U.S. Representative Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.
Congressman Green currently serves on the Financial Services Committee, where he sits on two subcommittees: Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit as well as Oversight and Investigations, where he holds the position of Ranking Member. Within the Democratic Party he holds the position of Assistant Whip.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Congressman Green’s family taught him the importance of positive preparation through education and righteous resistance to overcome persistent injustice. He attended Florida A&M University, Howard University, and the Tuskegee Institute. Before receiving an undergraduate degree, he enrolled in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1973. As a law student, he earned awards in the areas of Federal Procedure and Conflicts.
After graduating from law school, Congressman Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. In 1977, he was appointed judge of a Harris County, Texas Justice Court, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2004. Throughout his career, Congressman Green has enjoyed the respect of his colleagues as well as a wide cross-section of community leaders, who have praised his legal skills, impeccable character, and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
For approximately ten years, Congressman Green served as president of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Under his leadership, the organization grew to unprecedented heights, increasing membership from a few hundred to many thousands, and the staff from one to more than ten.
As a testament to his exceptional service to the community, and in recognition of his outstanding professional achievement as well as his superior leadership ability, Congressman Green has received numerous awards. These awards outstanding include: Texas Association of REALTORS Legacy Award, 2011; Texas Black Democrats’ Profiles of Courage Award, 2007; the AFL-CIO MLK Drum Major Award for Service, 2007; Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black People, 2006; and the NAACP Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award, from the Houston branch as well as the Fort Bend branch of the NAACP. Congressman Green has also been honored by the city of Houston with a day named in his honor–“Al Green Day.” As evidence of how truly blessed Congressman Green believes he is, when asked, “How are you?” He often responds, “Better than I deserve.”