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Congressman Gene Green was first sworn in as the Member of Congress from the 29th Congressional District of Texas in 1993 after twenty years in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. In 1996 he was appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials and as a member of the following subcommittees: Subcommittee on Telecommunications & the Internet, Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations and the Subcommittee on Health. He also serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs where he is a member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. Additionally, he is assigned to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. Congressman Green is also a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and serves as an At-Large Whip for Majority Whip Clyburn.
During his terms in the House of Representatives, Congressman Green has been a champion of education, labor, and health issues. He has worked hard to increase the minimum wage, job training services, access to technology and to reform managed care and provide affordable prescription drug benefits to seniors.
Congressman Green has been involved in a number of issues and projects directly affecting the 29th District. In the 1990's, he was instrumental in the revitalization of the Houston Head Start program, ensuring that this vital program was made available to all children. He has worked to secure federal funds for the expansion of the Port of Houston and Intercontinental Airport, and in 2002, passed legislation to declare the Buffalo Bayou a National Heritage area.
Additionally, the Congressman has organized many annual events in the 29th District that serve to improve lives in the community. His annual "Immunization Day" and "Citizenship Day" are two of his most successful events. In 2007, 350 legal residents were assisted with their citizenship applications and 900 elementary age children received free vaccines.
Congressman Green has received numerous awards and recognitions during his years of public service. In 2003 Congressman Green received several awards. The U. S. Oncology Medal of Honor was presented for his work in directing more federal research funds towards finding a cure for cancer; and he received the Distinguished Community Health Award from the National Association of Community Health Care Centers, Inc., and the Legislative Open Door Award from the National Association of Credit Management. In 2004, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) presented Green with the Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Award for his work on the SAFER Fire Fighters Act. The National Association of Hospitals awarded Green their Safety Net Champion Award in 2007. He was recognized in 2008 as a Champion of Women’s Health by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance, the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance. Also in 2008, Green received the Distinguished Community Health Champion Award from the National Association of Health Centers. Green was also awarded 2008 Legislator of the Year by The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.
Congressman Gene Green, a native Houstonian, was born October 17, 1947. He received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston in 1971. He later attended Bates College of Law at the University of Houston and was admitted as a member of the State Bar of Texas in 1977. In January 1970, he married Helen Albers Green, who is a retired math teacher. They have two children. Dr. Angela Green Hewlett, currently serving as a Fellow at the University of Texas-Medical Branch; and Christopher Green, a graduate of Texas A&M-Galveston. They have three grandchildren, Lauren Elissa Hewlet, Braden Alexander Hewlett and Dylan Eugene Green. The Green's attend Spring Woods United Methodist Church in Houston.
Rep. Green's congressional affiliations include the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Vision Caucus, the Biomedical Research Caucus, the Congressional Steel Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Urban Health Caucus and the Sportman's Caucus. He also serves as vice-chair of the Energy Taskforce and as a member of the Health and Medicare; Jobs and the Economy; and Social Security Taskforces; and is co-chair of the Democratic Israel Working Group.
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