Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D)

B.A., Political Science, Yale University, 1972; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1975
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  • Jackson-Lee has held her congressional seat since 1994.

  • She worked as an attorney in private practice from 1975 to 1987. She then served as a municipal judge until being elected to the Houston City Council in 1990.

  • Her husband, Elwyn, has a law degree and currently serves as the vice chancellor and vice president for student affairs at the University of Houston.

  • Jackson-Lee’s husband holds more than $250,000 in assets in Metropolitan Life, an insurance company.


  • She and her husband own residential property in Houston valued at $180,000.


  • Jackson-Lee's top campaign supporters in the last election cycle include Harmony Public Schools, the Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Laborers Union.

  • Jackson-Lee was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct in 2006 while participating in a protest outside the Sudanese embassy over the government’s role in ethnic cleansing in Darfur. Four other members of Congress were also arrested.

  • Jackson Lee helped secure about $5.3 million in federal money for the University of Houston in 2009 and 2010 while her husband was vice president of student affairs and vice chancellor of student affairs for the university system, according to The Washington Post. Her staff did not respond to requests for comment from The Post, but her husband said that none of the earmarks was directed to areas under his supervision.