Gene Green began his public service life at the age of 25. From an early age, Gene had an interest in serving his community and believed he could make a difference in the lives of his fellow Texans. He wanted to make government work for the people and he believed that he could be a voice of reason in finding real solutions to problems facing his hard working neighbors. After graduating from the University of Houston, Gene was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972 where he was known as a work horse due to his tireless work ethic on behalf of his constituents. in 1985, voters recognized Gene's efforts by electing him to the Texas Senate. After twenty years honorably serving in the State Legislature, Gene Green was elected to the newly created 29th Congressional District of Texas in 1992.
Soon after moving on from the Texas Capitol to represent the 29th Congressional District in our Nation's Capitol, Gene was appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee where he now serves as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Health. Gene, a Democratic Senior Whip, also serves as a member on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; Subcommittee on Energy and Power; and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
Throughout his public service career, Gene Green has come to be known as a champion of health care, education and labor issues. He has worked hard to increase the minimum wage, improve job training services, access to technology, to reform health care and provide affordable prescription drug benefits to seniors. Being born and raised in the 29th District, Congressman Gene Green is proud of his working class background and understands the needs of his district. Congressman Green has been involved in a number of issues and projects directly affecting the 29th District. 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 also organized many annual events that serve to improve lives in the community. His annual "Immunization Day" and "Citizenship Day" are two of his most successful events.
A native of Houston, Congressman Gene Green was born October 17, 1947 at St. Josephs Hospital. After graduating from Jeff Davis High School, Gene worked his way through college as the manager of a small printing company. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Business Administration in 1971, and later attended Bates College of Law at the University of Houston. While serving in the Texas House, Gene was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1977.
In January 1970, Gene married his life long sweetheart, Helen Albers Green, whom he met at Sunday school where both their families attended church. They have two children; Angela Green Hewlett, a physician and Christopher Eugene Green, a marine biologist; and four grandchildren, Lauren Elissa Hewlett, Braden Alexander Hewlett, Dylan Eugene Green, and Tristan Michael Green. Helen is a retired math teacher, and she and Gene attend Spring Woods United Methodist Church in Houston.