- Democratic Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Member of the Congressional Black Caucus
- Supported the notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN
- Maintains that the “radicalization of Christians in America” should be just as worrisome as the radicalization of Muslims
- Views the United States as a nation infested with racism
Al Green was born on September 1, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He enrolled at Florida A&M University in 1971, then attended the Tuskegee Institute of Technology, and in 1974 earned a JD from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. After completing his legal studies, Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry & Fitch. From 1977-2004 he served as a Justice-of-the-Peace in Harris County, Texas. And in 2004 he was elected as a Democrat to represent Texas’s 9th District in the U.S. Congress, a seat he continues to hold. Green is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and served as president of the NAACP‘s Houston chapter for almost a decade.
During his years in public life, Green has been a strong supporter of the SEIU’s “Justice for Janitors” campaign, which demands higher wages and better benefits for custodial workers in a number of U.S. cities. He established the Houston Fair Share Program, to encourage corporations to engage in joint ventures with minority-owned businesses. And he joined Judge Armando Rodriguez in co-founding the Black and Brown Coalition, an initiative designed to unite Houston’s black and Hispanic communities in projects that focus on their common interests.
At a 2006 event, Green was one of several CBC members who met with Nation Of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan. According to the Daily Caller, “Green gave Farrakhan a warm embrace and stood and talked with him for several minutes.”
When the House of Representatives voted by a 345-75 margin to defund the notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN in September 2009, Green was one of the 75—all Democrats—who voted to continue funding the group.
In 2009-10, Green, lamenting that the U.S. had the most expensive “sickness care system” in the world, was a strong supporter of the healthcare reform initiative that ultimately resulted in the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In October 2013, he vowed to continue defending the legislation until the end of time: “If for some reason I should have an untimely demise, I want you to know that not only am I going to fight for the Affordable Care Act in this life, I will come back in the afterlife. I will haunt the Congress of the United States of America.”
In June 2012 Green criticized a Department of Homeland Security committee for holding a hearing on the “Radicalization of Muslim-Americans.” Charging that this forum unfairly singled out Muslims, he said: “Why don’t we go to the next step and ask, how is that a blue-eyed, blonde-haired, white female in the United States of America can become radicalized to the point of wanting to do harm to this country?… I do know what it feels like to look like a Muslim in the minds of some people and to be demeaned in a public venue…. I look forward to the day that we’ll [also] have that hearing that deals with the radicalization of Christians in America.”
A strong supporter of immigration reform measures that offer illegal aliens a path to U.S. citizenship, Green was one of approximately 200 demonstrators who were arrested for civil disobedience (blocking traffic) at an October 2013 pro-reform rally in downtown Washington, DC. Additional arrestees included Congressional Representatives Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, John Lewis, Charles Rangel, and Jan Schakowsky. Also taken into custody was Paul Booth, the leading assistant to AFSCME‘s president.
Green lauded President Barack Obama‘s November 2014 executive action which bypassed Congress in shielding from deportation at least 5 million illegal immigrants who were the parents of children with legal-resident or U.S.-citizen status. “President Obama has acted boldly within his legal authority to address problems within our immigration system and border security,” said Green.
That same month, Green was deeply angered by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who had shot and killed an 18-year-old black male named Michael Brown in an August 9th altercation. Despite the wide circulation of wholly fraudulent reports suggesting that Brown had been shot while his hands were raised in compliant surrender, the physical, forensic, and legitimate eyewitness evidence showed conclusively that the young man was in fact shot after he had assaulted the officer and tried to steal his gun.
Unmoved by this evidence, Green, in an early December 2014 television appearance, lamented that the criminal-justice system routinely targeted African Americans with unfair “prosecution and persecution.” In a December 2nd speech from the House floor, he characterized the people involved in the massive anti-police-brutality protest movement that had grown out of Brown’s death as heroes who “refuse to accept injustice.” Indeed, Green likened them to the Pilgrims, the Boston Tea Party participants, and the activists who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. And on December 23, 2015, Green and three fellow Democrats—Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, and Sheila Jackson Lee—took to the House floor to display the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture that had become emblematic of the aforementioned protest movement.
On December 6, 2017, Green, who had previously called for President Donald Trump’s removal from office on numerous occasions, introduced two articles of impeachment against Trump and forced a vote on those articles in the House of Representatives. Calling Trump “unfit” for office and accusing him of “high misdemeanors,” Green identified Trump’s supposed association with “White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hate” as offenses worthy of impeachment. “Friends, whether we like it or not, we now have a bigot in the White House who incites hatred and hostility,” Green wrote in a letter.
During an August 23, 2018 appearance on Democracy Now!, Green (D-TX) said that President Trump could be impeached without having committed a crime: “I think it’s becoming increasingly clear that the president will have two options: One, he can resign from office, or, two, he can face impeachment. Impeachment is something that the Framers of the Constitution provided for a time such as this and a president such as Trump … [who] is alleged to have committed certain offenses that are onerous to the Constitution and that harm society.” To view a more extensive transcript of Green’s remarks, click here.
At a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation meeting in September 2018, Green revisited the theme of impeaching President Trump:
“The people who say, ‘What law did he break? What rule did he break?,’ they are perpetrating upon you a belief that is totally inaccurate. You decide that you are not going to be nice to suspects when you arrest them, you tell police, ‘You don’t have to be nice,’ … and ban children on the border of color, you produce a policy that separates them from their parents…. Now, this might be debatable, [but] for me, when I add all of this together, I find that I have a person who is placing his bigotry into policy that is harmful to our society, and for that, he ought to be impeached.”
In December 2018, Green went to the House floor and said that he was planning to bring articles of impeachment against Trump because of the President’s “bigotry,” which had caused him to commit “certain offenses that are onerous to the Constitution and that harm society.” Also among his remarks:
“I am here to say without question, reservation, or hesitation that we should not allow ourselves to get back to bigotry as usual…. I don’t think we should allow bigotry to go unnoticed as it emanates from the presidency. Because I don’t think so, I will make an announcement sometime next week, more than likely, as to whether or not … we will have additional articles of impeachment brought before the House.”
For an overview of Green’s voting record on a wide array of key issues during his years in Congress, click here.