U.S. Congressman Gene Green to deliver commencement address
11.15.2018 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas – United States Congressman Gene Greenwill deliver the commencement address at the San Jacinto College fall commencement ceremonyon Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at 2 p.m., at Minute Maid Park.
Green, who represents the 29thCongressional District of Texas, was first elected to Congress in 1992 after 20 years in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. In 1996, Green was appointed to the powerful U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he continues to serve on today. For the 115thCongress he is the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Energy, Subcommittee on Environment, and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
“We are excited to welcome Congressman Green as our keynote speaker for our Fall commencement ceremony,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “Congressman Green has been a champion for San Jacinto College and workforce training programs throughout his years in public service, and was instrumental in helping us to get our maritime program up and running. I look forward to hearing his address to our graduates.”
Since being elected to the House of Representatives, Green has been a champion of health issues, energy, education, labor, domestic manufacturing, and preserving Social Security and veterans benefits. He has worked hard to improve access to quality health care, support initiatives to improve our economy and job training, and maintain financial aid for students.
Green has been involved in a number of local issues and projects. He has been instrumental in securing federal funds for the expansion of the Port of Houston and Houston METRO’s light rail, supporting the expansion of community health centers in the Houston area, and pushing legislation to declare the Buffalo Bayou a National Heritage Area. Green also organizes many annual events in the 29thDistrict that serve the community. His annual "Citizenship Day" and "Immunization Day" are two of his most successful annual events, along with dozens of neighborhood town hall meetings each year.
A native Houstonian, Green graduated from Jeff Davis High School. He received a degree in business administration from the University of Houston in 1971. He attended Bates College of Law at the University of Houston and was admitted as a member of the State Bar of Texas in 1977. He and his wife Helen have two children, Dr. Angela Green Hewlett and Christopher Green, along with four grandchildren, Lauren, Braden, Dylan and Tristan.
More information about the San Jacinto College commencement ceremony can be found at sanjac.edu/commencement-ceremony.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.