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Al Green

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 9th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Nick Lampson

Born September 1, 1947 (1947-09-01) (age 62)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) single
Residence Alief, Houston, Texas
Alma mater Florida A&M University, Tuskegee University, Texas Southern University
Occupation attorney
Religion Baptist

Alexander N. "Al" Green (September 1, 1947) is the U.S. Representative from Texas' 9th congressional district (map).


Early life and career

Green was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended FAMU and transferred to Tuskegee University, from which he earned a bachelor's degree. He later went on to receive his Juris Doctor in 1974 from Texas Southern University. Green was later elected as Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas in the Precinct 7, Place Two position prior to running for the U.S. Congress. He held this Justice of Peace position for 26 years.

Green is a former trial lawyer. After college, he 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 formed alliances with Hispanic groups.

Green defeated Congressman Chris Bell, a perceived rising star in the party, in the 2004 Democratic primary. Redistricting, which threw many white urban Democrats from Bell's district in with a Republican-dominated suburban precinct and combined Bell's district with a majority black area, later triggered ethics complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Green is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.[1]

Political career

Green won the Democratic primary for District 9 in Houston on March 9, 2004, a district that is largely Democratic with 37 percent of its population African American and 31 percent Hispanic. He was later victorious over Republican Arlette Molina.

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.


Committee assignments


External links


  1. ^ Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (2006-11-06). "U.S. Senate approves resolution". Press release. Retrieved 2008-12-31. "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."  
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nick Lampson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 9th congressional district

2005 – present


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