Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee: Dedicated to Upholding the Constitutional Rights of All People


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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is an influential and forceful voice in Washington.  She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at the Industrial Welding Academy Certification Day event

Congresswoman Jackson Lee has received numerous honors during her career in public service, including the US Dream Academy Legacy Award, the National Bankers Association Foundation  Excellence Award, the Martin Luther King National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. Champion of Courage Award, the Livingstone College Doctor of Humane Letters, the National Association of Negro Business Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award, the Award for Policy at the 16th Annual Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards, the Drum Major Award for Public Service by the Revelation Urban Development Institute, the National Minority Quality Forum Lifetime Achievement Award and the Houston Community College Joyce M. Reynolds award just to name a few.  In recognition of her outstanding contributions to Science, the National Technical Association (NTA) of Scientists and Engineers honored the Congresswoman with its Top Women in the Sciences Award. She was also awarded the “Legislator of the Year” by the National Mental Health Association for her outstanding work on mental health legislation.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee presenting The Western Area of The Links, Incorporated with The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee Community Achievement Award

Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a frequent guest on network and cable news including Face the Nation and MSNBC.  She is a founder, member, and co-chair of the Congressional Children’s Caucus and has served several years as a member of the Democratic Caucus Health Care Task Force.  Additionally, she serves on numerous Caucuses including the Azerbaijan Caucus, the Pakistan Caucus, and the Afghan Caucus. She has been hailed by Ebony magazine as one of the “100 Most Fascinating Black Women.” “Congressional Quarterly” named her as one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress and “U.S. News and World Report” named her as one of the 10 most influential legislators in the House of Representatives.  Her hometown newspaper, the “Houston Chronicle” named her as one of the most influential and prolific legislators on Capitol Hill.  Most recently, she was named the Member of Congress with the largest and most impressive vocabulary based on the words that may be found on the SAT.  Congresswoman Jackson Lee has served in a number of positions in the Congressional Black Caucus including 1st Vice Chair, Chair of the Energy Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Redistricting Task Force for the 112th Congress.  She also represents the Congressional Black Caucus on immigration reform issues.


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee speaking at Texas Southern University

Rep. Jackson Lee earned a Bachelor in Arts in Political Science from Yale University with honors, followed by a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. She is married to Dr. Elwyn Lee, who is an Administrator at the University of Houston.  She has two children: Jason Lee, a graduate of Harvard University, and Erica Lee, a graduate of Duke University.

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