Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS


Congresswoman Jackson Lee strongly believes that our children are our nation’s greatest strength and resource. She has been a tireless advocate on their behalf in Congress. She is founder and Chair of the Congressional Children’s Caucus, a large, bipartisan forum for Members of Congress to address the daunting challenges that face our children today, including child health care, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, early childhood development, juvenile crime, poverty, hunger, child abuse, neglect, adoption and foster care.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee supports youth programs that visit the Capitol in order to hear their needs first hand. Programs such as Congressional Foster Youth Shadow day that brings foster youth alumni to Capitol Hill to get a behind the scenes look of the House of Representatives and opportunities to share their story as a child in the welfare system in order to influence policy around foster care.  Congresswoman Jackson Lee supports schools such as KIPP Sharp Prep of Houston that provides an environment of learning where children are encouraged to excel in school through rigorous academic and social character building programs. These youth are our future and Congresswoman Jackson Lee believes in investing in them early.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee is also concerned about children worldwide. She has introduced legislative initiatives to combat global hunger and malnutrition, both of which are extremely devastating for children. She is extremely concerned about the harsh suffering of refugee children, and has drawn particular attention to the plight of Darfur’s children.

In addition, The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan advocacy organization, has recognized  Representative Jackson Lee as a “Champion for Children”, an award that recognizes the top 100 Members of Congress working to make children and families a national priority in federal policy and budget decisions. 

More on Children

Nov 28, 2016 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: Glenn Rushing

November 22, 2016                                                                                          202-225-3816


Press Statement


Oct 31, 2016 Editorial




Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas


“Texas Children with Special Needs Deserve Educational Opportunity, Not More Injustice”


October 25, 2016


Sep 28, 2016 Press Release

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                          September 28, 2016                                                                                    202-225-7080

Press Statement




May 6, 2016 Press Release

What:          HR 5130 - The “Stop Infant Mortality and Recidivism Reduction Act of 2016” or the “SIMARRA Act,” will permit the Bureau of Prisons to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federal prison system for pregnant offenders by establishing a pilot program of critical-stage, developmental nurseries in Federal prisons for children born to inmates.  The “SIMARRA Act” will decrease unprecedentedly high, current infant mortality rates and allow inmate mothers to provide healthy and safe gestation to protect their unborn, as well as bond with infants during thei

Feb 10, 2016 Press Release

February 9, 2016

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Homeland Security and House Judiciary Committees, released the following statement after the President released is final budget today:

Feb 3, 2016 Press Release

February 2, 2016

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Homeland Security and House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after her amendment to HR 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act was accepted by the full House of Representatives:

Oct 23, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement today regarding the White House announcement of $70 million grant program for girls education programs in Pakistan and First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative:

Sep 10, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus and a recent recipient of the Friend of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), released the following statement today announcing that the Council on Environmental Quality has launched the Every Kid in a Park Pass:

Aug 12, 2015 Press Release

Houston, TX – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Children’s Caucus, released the following statement regarding International Youth Day:

Aug 5, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations released the following statement today applauding Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for launching the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program: