Raymond Eugene "Gene" Green (born October 17, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 29th congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes most of eastern Houston, along with large portions of Houston's eastern suburbs.
Early life, education, and early career
Green was born in Houston and he graduated from the University of Houston, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1971 and a law degree in 1977. He held positions as a business manager and a private attorney prior to his election to Congress.
Green was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1985.
U.S. House of Representatives
Green was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992. Although the 29th was (then as now) drawn as a majority-Hispanic district, Green finished second in the five-way Democratic primary, behind city councilman Ben Reyes. Green defeated Reyes in the runoff by only 180 votes, all but assuring him of election in this heavily Democratic district. Green has been reelected eight times, never facing substantive electoral opposition.
He ran unopposed in 1998, 2002 and 2004.
In 2011, Representative Green was chosen to act as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
In 2007, he became vice-chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. He also serves as a deputy whip.
He voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution in 2002, and gave a speech on the house floor linking Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks. Despite the Democratic leadership's general disapproval of the war, Green has voted against measures aimed at placing a timetable on military withdrawal.
In September 2004, he proposed the Every Vote Counts Amendment, which would have abolished the U.S. electoral college in United States presidential elections.
According to an online CNN wire staff news story by Vivian Kuo, Carol Cratty, and Michael Martinez posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, "The FBI and local Texas authorities are investigating reports of gunshots Tuesday striking the north Houston office..." of Green.
February 20th, 2012