Sheila Jackson Lee

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Sheila Jackson Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School [3]. She then became a member of the Staff Council of the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations through 1977-1978 [1]. She later became an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Houston in 1987-1990 after serving two terms as a member of the Houston City Council through 1990-1994 [3]. Jackson Lee currently serves in the U.S. House from Texas’ 18th Congressional District, and has since 1995 [1]. She serves as Chair of multiple organizations such as the Congressional Pakistan Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus Energy Braintrust [2].

Key Issues

Social Programs

Jackson Lee serves as chair of the Congressional Children’s Caucus to address challenges youth face including health care, crime, poverty, and neglect. She would like to expand youth programs to encourage kids to stay and excel in school. The First Focus Campaign for Children has awarded Sheila Jackson Lee as a “Champion for Children” [2].

Law Enforcement

Jackson Lee previously obtained millions of dollars in grant funding for the City of Houston Police Department [2].


Jackson Lee believes that we must end foreign sources of oil to become energy independent. She would like to work with Houston and the nation’s energy industry to craft an environmentally sound and economically viable energy policy [2].


AIPAC PAC, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Emgage Action, Feminist Majority Political Action Committee, Giffords, Humane Society Legislative Fund, National Education Association, NOW, Newtown Action Alliance, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Progressive Turnout project, Sierra Club, Texas AFL-CIO, Texas AFT, Texas Medical Association, Texas State Employees Union, Texas State Teachers Association, United Automobile Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America


1 Ballotpedia
2 Jackson Lee
3 National Archives