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Raymond Eugene "Gene" Green (born October 17, 1947) is a Democratic politician and a U.S. congressman from the state of Texasmarker, representing that state's . ( map). The district includes most of eastern Houstonmarker, along with large portions of Houston's eastern suburbs.

Biography and career

Green was born in Houston and he graduated from the University of Houstonmarker, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1971 and a law degree in 1977. He held positions as a business manager and a private attorney prior to his election to Congress.

Green was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. Green rose to the Texas State Senate in 1985 and to the U.S. House in 1992. Although the 29th was (then as now) drawn as a majority-Hispanic district, Green finished second in the five-way Democratic primary, behind city councilman Ben Reyes. Green defeated Reyes in the runoff by only 180 votes, all but assuring him of election in this heavily Democratic district. Green has been reelected six times, never facing substantive Republican opposition. The Republicans didn't even bother to file a candidate against him in 1998, 2002 or 2004.

In September 2004, he proposed the Every Vote Counts Amendment, which would have abolished the U.S. electoral college in United States presidential elections. In 2007, he became vice-chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. He also serves as a deputy whip.

Green has worked in Congress on issues relating to the working poor, seniors, and the many Hispanic immigrants that reside in his district. He has advocated an increase in the minimum wage, more funding for job training, better access for the poor to technology, and a reorganization of prescription programs to lessen the burden of cost on seniors. He hosts within his district each year events that help children receive vaccines and that assist permanent resident aliens to work toward citizenship.

He voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution in 2002, and gave a speech on the house floor linking Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks. Despite the Democratic leadership's general disapproval of the war, Green has voted against measures aimed at placing a timetable on military withdrawal.

Green is currently the only white Democrat representing a significant portion of Houston.

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