Sheila Jackson has been an influential person in the American Government. She has zeal in matters involving the politics of the United States of America. She has served in the as the Representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district since 1995. She is also one of the recognized members of the Democratic Party. Today, let us learn more about the career, biography and net worth of Sheila Jackson in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
She was born in Queens, New York in 1950. Her parents, Ivalita Jackson and Ezra Clyde Jackson are immigrants from Jamaica. She attended Jamaica High School in Queens and graduated. She later joined Yale University where she graduated in 1972 with a B.A in political science.
In 1975, she earned a Juris Doctor from the University Of Virginia School Of Law. She is a member of the African-American college women organization commonly known as Alpha Kappa Alpha.
She is married to Elwyn Lee, who works at the University of Houston System and the University of Houston as a Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Students Affairs respectively. The two resides in Houston and have two children together namely Erica Shelwyn Lee and Jason Cornelius Bennet Lee.
Her son graduated from the University of Harvard while her daughter attended Duke University. Sheila Jackson is also a grandmother to twins, Ellison Bennett Carter and Roy Lee Carter III.
Career, Awards & Nominations
She started her career as a municipal judge for three years after various attempts at the local judgeships. She was appointed by the former Mayor Kathy Whitmire to work alongside Sylvia Garcia.
She was later awarded the position of the at-large in the Houston City Council, where she worked for five years. While in the council, she passed the rule that required parents to keep their guns away from the children. She also ensured that summer hours are expanded for people to visit city parks and recreation centers.
In 1994, she vied for Democratic primary congress seat and defeated U.S Congressman Craig Washington. In the general election, she defeated Jerry Burley, who was the Republican nominee.
In 2010, she vied again and her main opponents were Jarvis Johnson and Sean Roberts, who were city Councilmembers. However, she was ahead of them all with 67%.
Her biggest achievement was in 2012 when nobody challenged her during the election. She has worked so hard for the people of Houston fighting against crime, terrorism. She has also brought on board several reforms and bills to help the public.
Net Worth & Earnings
Her incredible job in the U.S government has made Sheila Jackson to be wealthy. She has served for 11 terms and it is evident that many people recognize her good deeds. Her estimated net worth is $1.5 million.
Sheila is a forceful voice in Washington D.C. She is considered by many not only as the Voice of Reason, but also a champion for both women and children.