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Portrait of Sheila Jackson Lee

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Sheila Jackson Lee

TX-18 (D)
Congressmember Sheila Jackson Lee is currently serving her eleventh term as a member of the United States House of Representatives. Her voice is forceful and infulential in Washington, and she is considered by many to be the "Voice of Reason." She is committed to upholding the Constitutional rights of all people.
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How does Sheila align with Project 100's values?
  • Economic Opportunity: Congressmember Jackson Lee is eager to continue working with the energy industry to craft an environmentally sound and economically viable energy policy. She believes it is imperative that we involve small, minority and women owned, and independent energy companies in this process. Congressmember Jackson Lee successfully amended the NASA Reauthorization Act to include a provision ensuring equal access for minority and economically disadvantaged students to NASA’s education programs. She also launched the Dr. Mae C. Jemison Grant Program to work with institutions serving minorities to bring more women of color in the field of space and aeronautics.
  • Equal Treatment Under the Law: Congressmember Jackson Lee is one of the most outspoken supporters of comprehensive and humane immigration reform in Congress, and has authored several immigration bills. She believes it is essential to bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows of society through earned access to legalization, while still securing our borders. She emphasizes the importance of the unity of families as a fundamental value of immigration reform, along with increasing the diversity of immigration from parts of the world that have been historically underrepresented or treated unequally. She led the fight for passage of the Fair Sentencing Act and authored legislation H.R. 254, the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to enhance federal enforcement of hate crimes. She also played a major role in the renewal and reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Healthy People & Communities: Congressmember Jackson Lee believes health care is one of the most pressing issues facing our country and the world. She has supported legislation seeking to eliminate health disparities, fight HIV/AIDS and childhood obesity, and provide health insurance for all Americans. She thinks that quality health care should be affordable and accessible to everyone, and is working hard to tackle the problem of the uninsured and the under-insured.
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  • Woman of Color
  • Politician
  • Incumbent

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