Sheila Jackson Lee

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Sheila Jackson Lee
Sheila Jackson Lee.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 18
In office
January 3, 1995-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 20
Staff counsel to U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
City council member, Houston, TX
Municipal judge, Houston, TX
High schoolJamaica High School
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.University of Virginia Law School
Date of birthJanuary 12, 1950
Place of birthQueens, New York
Office website
Campaign website
Sheila Jackson Lee (b. January 12, 1950) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Jackson Lee represents the 18th congressional district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 1994.


Jackson Lee earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.[1] From 1977-1978, she served as staff counsel to the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations.[2]


  • 1995-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1990-1994: Houston, TX, city councilmember
  • 1987-1990: Municipal judge, Houston, TX

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Jackson Lee is a member of the following House committees[3]:

  • Committee on Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
  • Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Security Ranking member


Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Jackson Lee voted with the Democratic Party 92.3% of the time, which ranked 111 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[4]



See also: Texas' 18th congressional district elections, 2012

Jackson-Lee is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 18th District. She is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket.


On November 2, 2010, Jackson Lee won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Faulk (R), Mike Taylor (L), and Charles B. (ChuckM) Meyer (Write-in).[5]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 18, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Jackson Lee Incumbent 70.2% 85,108
     Republican John Faulk 27.3% 33,067
     Libertarian Mike Taylor 2.6% 3,118
     Write-in Charles B. (ChuckM) Meyer 0% 28
Total Votes 121,321

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of Jackson Lee's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Jackson Lee won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Jackson Lee's campaign committee raised a total of $825,310 and spent $1,130,371.[6]


Jackson Lee and her husband, Dr. Elwyn C. Lee, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Craig Washington
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 18th District
Succeeded by