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Al Green (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 9/1/1947 (New Orleans, LA)
Race: Black
Religion: Baptist
Residence: Houston, TX
Education: JD in Law from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
Occupation: Legal, Justice of the peace
Office Type: U.S. House -- Texas District 9 

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Al Green was born in New Orleans and lives in Houston. He attended Florida A&M University and received a law degree from Texas Southern University in 1974.

After graduation, he co-founded the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry and Fitch. In September 1977, he became a Justice of the Peace and served in that position for 26 years before retiring in January 2004 to run for Congress.

Green also served as president of the Houston branch of the NAACP for nearly ten years until stepping down in 1995. He helped increase the organization's membership from 500 to 3,500 and the staff size from one to 20.

He also created the Houston Fair Share program, which encourages corporations to work with minority firms and hire minority vendors. Green co-founded the Black and Brown Coalition, which brings together the city's black and Hispanic communities.

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Before running for Congress, Al Green served as a Justice of the Peace for 26 years. He was first appointed to the position in September 1977 and won re-election every four years until he resigned in January 2004 to run for the District 9 position.

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