Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. Garnet Coleman District 147 (D-Houston)

Industry
Consultant
Education
B.A., University of St. Thomas
Spouse
Angelique
Committees
  • County Affairs (Chair)
  • Public Health
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Coleman owns and operates a business consulting firm, Coleman Strategies, which does strategic advisory work for clients including Southwest Airlines. He also does some media buying for political candidates under that umbrella, primarily placing ads in newspapers that cater to black readers. (One of his past clients was Houston Mayor Annise Parker.)

  • Coleman is also the president and CEO of Apartments for America, a nonprofit housing corporation, but his income from that organization will cease in February. A second consulting firm listed to Coleman, A&E Communications, belongs to his wife, Angelique, though it is currently inactive.

  • Coleman reports fees received for services provided to lobbyists, including Community Loans of America, which provides short-term, high-interest loans to people with poor credit. He previously reported being paid by Life Partners Inc., a service that allows people to cash in their life insurance policies. Both of those contracts were listed as worth more than $25,000.

Property

  • Residence in Houston valued at at $384,556

Analysis

  • Coleman had two tax liens on his home in 1995, one for $6,495 and the other for $16,765. Both were resolved.

  • Coleman has consulting clients in Houston that he is not required to disclose publicly; some may have business or interests before the Texas Legislature.

  • Coleman, who has filed many health-related bills, receives funding from health-related campaign contributors. But he also serves on multiple health-related committees and is a staunch advocate for public health in the Legislature.