Press Releases

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces the Passing of Her Beloved Mother, Ivalita Jackson

May 13th, 2010

(Houston TX)… Mrs. Ivalita Jackson, the beloved mother of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and her brother Michael Jackson, passed suddenly this week.

Mrs. Jackson was born in the late 1920’s and was a daughter of the South, who moved to the North seeking greater opportunities for her family and resided in Queens, New York throughout the majority of her life. Mrs. Jackson was a pioneer in the health care industry having been one of the first African-American vocational nurses trained to care for premature babies in the 1950’s.

She was a joyful woman who was loved by many and who had a compassion for helping others in any way she could. Her family deeply mourns her passing. Funeral arrangements are pending and more information will be forthcoming.

For More Information:
Contact: Linda K. Brown
Advantage Communications @ (713) 737-8321

A Message from Congresswoman Jackson Lee

March 4th, 2010

Our Primary Election victory represents a whole new chapter in the history of the 18th Congressional District. It is a time for us to be able to expand on our record and enhance the resources brought into the District. We’ll continue to work with President Obama in order to bring about health care reform, build on job opportunities for constituents, work on stabilizing the economy and offer better educational resources for our children.

I am deeply grateful to the constituents for their faith in me which was exercised with their vote for my re-election. I will continue to work hard to both empower them and improve the quality of life for all residents of the 18th Congressional District.

Sheila Jackson Lee

President Barack Obama Endorses Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

March 1st, 2010

President Barack Obama has endorsed Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th Congressional District for her re-election.

“Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a tireless champion for Houston’s working families,” said President Obama. “That’s why we need her back in Congress to help my efforts to bring real jobs back to Houston and the nation. I need you to cast your vote for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.”

“I am grateful and humbled to receive this endorsement from President Obama,” said Jackson Lee. “When he asked me to campaign for him, I found it so rewarding to see the outpouring of support for the change he represented and now he is the change agent that America and Houston needs today. I am proud to be working with President Barack Obama as we work to change lives for the better.

“Now that he is in office, it is exciting to work with President Obama on the many important issues facing our country,” the Congresswoman continued. “Now more than ever, I am grateful for the President’s trust and confidence in me.”

President Obama joins a long list of individuals and organizations endorsing Congresswoman Jackson Lee for re-election. See a complete list on her Endorsements page.

Elected Officials Speak Out on Their Endorsement of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

February 22nd, 2010

A number of local elected officials came together today to speak out about why they are endorsing Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Attending a news conference at Jackson Lee’s Campaign Headquarters were State Representatives Alma Allen and Sylvester Turner, State Senator Mario Gallegos, Constable May Walker, Houston Community College Trustee Chris Oliver and Houston School District Trustees Paula Harris and Lawrence Marshall. Read More »

Chronicle: We Endorse Sheila Jackson Lee

Houston Chronicle—February 17th, 2010

In her 16 years representing the Houston congressional seat first held by the legendary Barbara Jordan (and then by Mickey Leland), New York City-born attorney Sheila Jackson Lee has never been seriously challenged after she ousted incumbent Democrat Craig Washington in a bitter 1994 primary contest. The Chronicle believes she has ably represented her district and deserves to be renominated as the Democratic standard-bearer. Read More »

Associated Press story mischaracterizes Congresswoman Jackson Lee And her many accomplishments

Office of Congresswoman Jackson Lee—February 10th, 2010

A recent story by the Associated Press chose to ignore the many accomplishments of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th Congressional District. Read More »

Congresswoman Jackson Lee Wins Major Endorsements

Sheila Jackson Lee Campaign—January 29th, 2010

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th Congressional District has won two more endorsements for her re-election campaign.

Announcing their endorsements are the Harris County AFL-CIO Council and Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Action Fund, Inc. Read More »

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Coordinating Houston Haitian Relief Effort

January 14th, 2010

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is coordinating a Houston-based Haiti relief effort called “Texans helping Haitians” with the city’s Haitian community in the aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti Tuesday.  Groups included in the effort to provide supplies and medical assistance to Haiti are: the Haitian Multicultural Association, Haitian Caribbean Organization of Texas, Caribbean Impact Foundation, and Haiti Counts. Read More »

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Secures $5 Million in Special Projects in Defense Spending Bill

Washington—December 16th, 2009

Today, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee secured $5 million in special projects for the 18th Congressional District as part of the Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 3326, bill that passed the House 395-34. Read More »

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Votes To Protect Consumers and Make Wall Street Accountable

Washington—December 11th, 2009

Today, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee voted to help restore common sense to Wall Street with the largest reform of our nation’s financial regulations since the New Deal. The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will end taxpayer-funded bailouts and ‘too big to fail’ financial institutions, protect consumers from predatory lending, safeguard our retirement and college savings from unnecessary risks, and inject transparency and new accountability into a financial system run amok. Read More »