Tribpedia: Sheila Jackson Lee

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on  April 21, 2016.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on April 21, 2016.

Around D.C., Sheila Jackson Lee's image belies her persistence

Some see U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee as a publicity hound, but according to dozens of interviews with members of Congress, House staffers and political players back home in Houston, there is a method to her madness.

Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016, while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to the Iowa caucuses.
Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016, while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to the Iowa caucuses.

Trump team's alleged Russia ties get muted response from Texas Republicans

Texas Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for more Congressional oversight, amid news reports of Trump allies communicating with Russian officials. 

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a gun control rally June 29, 2016 near the Texas Capitol.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a gun control rally June 29, 2016 near the Texas Capitol.

Democrats Push for Gun Control in Gun-Friendly Texas

Looking to capitalize on the news Democrats made in Washington last week with a daylong sit-in on the House floor, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett returned to his gun-friendly state on Wednesday trying to drum up enthusiasm for gun control.

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.

Texas Democrats Help Bring U.S. House to Halt Over Gun Legislation

Nearly every Texas Democrat in the U.S. House contributed in their own way Wednesday to an effort that ground the chamber to a halt with the aim of forcing a vote on gun control legislation.

Of 38 members, only three women — U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Granger — represent Texas in Congress.
Of 38 members, only three women — U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Granger — represent Texas in Congress.

Why Are So Few Texas Women in Congress?

Texas has just three women in its 38-member congressional delegation, and hasn't sent a new long-term congresswoman to Washington in almost 20 years. Many in both parties wonder why the state's once-promising fount of woman candidates is running dry.

Equal, But Not the Same

Lawmakers will spend the next six months drawing political maps for Texas, doing their decennial readjustment to make sure each district has the same number of people. But when they’re done, some parts of the state will still get more political attention than others, and the voters have only themselves to blame.

TribBlog: Coleman on Continental

Amid reports that a merger deal might soon be struck between Houston-based Continental Airlines and United Airlines, with the latter as the surviving company headquartered in Chicago, state Rep. Garnet Coleman discusses Houston's long-standing relationship with Continental.