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Sheila Jackson Lee (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 1/12/1950 (New York City, NY)
Race: Black
Religion: Protestant
Residence: Houston, TX
Education: Undergraduate degree from Yale University, New Haven, CT; Graduate degree in law from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Texas District 18 

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Sheila Jackson Lee was born in Queens, New York. She lives in Houston. She earned a bachelor's degree at Yale University and a law degree at the University of Virginia. She was an associate municipal court judge in Houston and served as a Houston City Council member.

Jackson Lee was first elected to the U.S. House in 1994.

She and her husband, Elwyn Lee, have two children.

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Sheila Jackson Lee won two terms to the Houston city council.

In March 1994 she defeated incumbent Rep. Craig Washington in the Democratic primary for the 18th District U.S. House seat.

She defeated Republican Jerry Burley in the general election with 72 percent of the vote. She won re-election in 1996, defeating Republican Larry White with 77 percent of the vote.

Jackson Lee was re-elected in 1998 without major party opposition. She was re-elected in 2000 with 77 percent of the vote.

She won re-election in 2002 with 77 percent of the vote.

She faced no opposition in the 2004 primary or general election.

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