Representative Garnet Coleman

Representative Garnet Coleman Representative Garnet F. Coleman has served the people of District 147 in the Texas House of Representatives since 1991, earning a reputation as a leader in the areas of health care, economic development, criminal justice, and education.

Garnet F. Coleman has served the people of District 147 in the Texas House of Representatives continuously since 1991. Throughout his years of service, Representative Coleman has earned a reputation as a diligent leader in the areas of health care, economic development and education. He is currently the Senior ranking member of the Public Health Committee as well as the Chairman of the County Affairs Committee. Representative Coleman also served as a member of the House Select Committee for Mental Health during the 84th Legislative Session and is currently serving on the House Select Committee on Opioid and Substance Abuse. For many years Representative Coleman has been deeply committed to expanding access to health care for all Texans. To further this goal he served as a member of President Obama’s State Legislators for Health Reform, which is a working group of 32 state legislators dedicated to advancing the need for health reform in their communities. Additionally, he is on the Board of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee where he advocates for the interest of Democratic state legislators. Some of his most significant legislative accomplishments include joint authoring legislation that simplified access to children’s Medicaid for more than 600,000 children in Texas who were eligible for the program but were not enrolled because of bureaucratic barriers. He also helped secure an increase of $161.5 million for at-risk child care services and joint authored legislation that created the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas, which makes low-cost health insurance available to more than 400,00 children from working families. Representative Coleman’s legislative efforts have been recognized in numerous ways. On two occasions he was named to the prestigious Texas Monthly Ten Best Legislators List, and in 2005 he received the Eli Lilly Reintegration Award for his efforts to increase services and decrease the stigma associated with mental illness. Most recently, he was awarded the Texas Academy of Family Physicians’ 2009 Patient Advocacy Award. Representative Coleman has served as the Chair of the Legislative Study Group, a non-partisan house caucus dedicated to the development of sound public policy, since 2003 when he was elected to the position by more than 40 of his colleagues. In addition, Representative Coleman has the honor of being a past chairman and current member of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. As Chairman, Representative Coleman coordinated efforts among members of the Caucus to help preserve the Top Ten Percent Rule, which assists historically-underrepresented students in gaining admission to Texas’ top institutions of higher learning. Striving to increase economic development in Texas, Rep. Coleman has been instrumental in passing legislation fostering urban redevelopment. He authored and passed legislation that created the Greater Southeast Management District, the Downtown Management District and the Fourth Ward and East Montrose Improvement Districts. Additionally, he passed legislation creating Houston’s convention center hotel and expanding the convention center itself. Representative Coleman also authored legislation allowing the creation of a commercial and industrial development zone in Harris County, which is designed to promote economic development along the transportation corridors that link Houston-area transportation nodes. Outside his legislative work, Representative Coleman remains active and involved in the Houston community. He serves on the boards of the Mid-Town Redevelopment Authority, the National Mental Health Association, and the Ensemble Theater. In 1991, Representative Coleman founded S.M.A.R.T. Kids, a youth development program that provides much-needed tutoring for inner-city students. He also serves as president and CEO of Apartments for America, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing corporation. Raised in Houston, Representative Coleman attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and in 1990 graduated from the University of St. Thomas cm laude with a Bachelor of Arts. He also completed the prestigious Harvard University Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government. Representative Coleman and his wife, Angelique, reside in Houston’s University Oaks neighborhood. They have two children, Austin and Evan.

Operating as usual

Today, I, along with 61 of my fellow colleagues in the Texas House, sent a letter to our congressional delegation asking...
02/25/2021

Today, I, along with 61 of my fellow colleagues in the Texas House, sent a letter to our congressional delegation asking them to support President Biden's #AmericanRescuePlan.
We believe it is crucial this bill passes to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and spur the Texas economy.

Today I filed HB 2069, an omnibus bill to prevent discrimination against all #LGBTQ Texans. See below for the full press...
02/23/2021

Today I filed HB 2069, an omnibus bill to prevent discrimination against all #LGBTQ Texans. See below for the full press release.

02/19/2021

In this week's Coleman Chronicle: Solutions and Accountability / Healthcare Marketplace Re-Opened and more. Click here to read it:
https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245743

Mayor Sylvester Turner
02/17/2021

Mayor Sylvester Turner

🚨 ATTENTION 🚨

A boil water notice is now in effect for Houston until further notice. Check with local provider or MUD to see if you are impacted. If you don't have power to boil water, you're advised to use bottled water for consumption.

Houston Public Works has received reports of low water pressure and we ask the community to reserve water in the area.

The City expects pressures to improve over the day and to have stabilized pressures back into the operational range before the end of the day on Thursday, Feb. 18.

If you have questions concerning this matter, contact 311 or email [email protected].

02/04/2021

Thank you Speaker Dade Phelan for reappointing me as Chair of the House Committee on County Affairs. I'm looking forward to serving with Vice Chair Lynn Stucky, Doc Anderson, Jeff Cason, Oscar Longoria, Ray Lopez , Phil Stephenson, and John Turner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KTtXl2UAqAJoin Children's Museum Houston as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Mar...
01/18/2021
25th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KTtXl2UAqA
Join Children's Museum Houston as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor State Rep. Garnet Coleman who founded our annual event 25 years ago.

Join Children's Museum Houston as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor State Rep. Garnet Coleman who founded our annual...

I received the COVID-19 vaccine today at UTHealth as part of Texas’ rollout of Phase 1B of the vaccine. If you are over ...
12/30/2020

I received the COVID-19 vaccine today at UTHealth as part of Texas’ rollout of Phase 1B of the vaccine. If you are over 65 or have a medical condition that puts you at a greater risk I highly encourage you to get vaccinated ASAP as Part of Phase 1B.

Reminder Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic TODAY at the Palm Center (5330 Griggs Rd, Houston, TX) from 10 am to 2 pm. More...
12/19/2020

Reminder Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic TODAY at the Palm Center (5330 Griggs Rd, Houston, TX) from 10 am to 2 pm. More info at bit.ly/txfluclinic.

Reminder Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic tomorrow at the Palm Center (5330 Griggs Rd, Houston, TX) from 10 am to 2 pm. M...
12/18/2020

Reminder Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic tomorrow at the Palm Center (5330 Griggs Rd, Houston, TX) from 10 am to 2 pm. More info at bit.ly/txfluclinic.

Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic this Saturday, December 19th at the Palm Center, 5330 Griggs Rd., Houston, TX from 10 am - 2 ...
12/15/2020

Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic this Saturday, December 19th at the Palm Center, 5330 Griggs Rd., Houston, TX from 10 am - 2 pm. No cost, open to the community. More details below or at bit.ly/txfluclinic.

In this week’s Coleman Chronicle: We Need a Stimulus Bill Now / UH GSW Fundraiser / Healthcare Deadline Dec. 15th and mo...
12/11/2020
We Need a Stimulus Bill Now / UH GSW Fundraiser / Healthcare Deadline Dec. 15th and more

In this week’s Coleman Chronicle: We Need a Stimulus Bill Now / UH GSW Fundraiser / Healthcare Deadline Dec. 15th and more. Click here to read it: https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245630?e=266818b9d4

Houston Health The Houston Health Department is operating a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call center for Houston residents needing more information COVID-19. Houstonians can call the center at 832-393-4220 to speak to department staff and obtain information about the disease or get their questions...

In this week's Coleman Chronicle an ACA Update / Healthcare Marketplace Now Open and more. Click here to read: https://m...
11/16/2020
ACA Update / Healthcare Marketplace Now Open and more

In this week's Coleman Chronicle an ACA Update / Healthcare Marketplace Now Open and more. Click here to read:
https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245482?e=69fbbb4623

Texans can buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace NOW through December 15th.   Federal health law created the marketplace for people who don’t get insurance through an employer, Medicaid or Medicare. Despite persistent Republican attacks, the ACA is still the law ...

In this week's Coleman Chronicle: Thank You for Voting / Biden-Harris on their way / Healthcare Marketplace Now Open. Cl...
11/07/2020
Thank You for Voting / Biden-Harris on their way / Healthcare Marketplace Now Open

In this week's Coleman Chronicle: Thank You for Voting / Biden-Harris on their way / Healthcare Marketplace Now Open. Click here to read it all: https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245474?e=69fbbb4623

In the Texas House, Representative Dade Phelan of Beaumont is the presumptive Speaker for next session. I had the opportunity last session to work with Representative Phelan on two important issues, Hurricane Harvey recovery and mental health. I was a joint author of HJR 4 with Representative Phelan...

There is still time to #vote ! Polls are open till 7 pm in Texas. If you are in line by 7 pm, please stay in line you wi...
11/03/2020
Harris Votes - Polling Locations

There is still time to #vote ! Polls are open till 7 pm in Texas. If you are in line by 7 pm, please stay in line you will be allowed to vote if you where in line at 7 pm. Harris County voters click here to find a voting location near you: harrisvotes.com/WaitTimes

Today is #ElectionDay! Make sure to #VOTE and make your voice heard. Polls are open now till 7 pm in Texas. Harris Count...
11/03/2020
Harris Votes - Polling Locations

Today is #ElectionDay! Make sure to #VOTE and make your voice heard. Polls are open now till 7 pm in Texas. Harris County voters click here to find a voting location near you: harrisvotes.com/WaitTimes #HarrisVotes

11/02/2020

Please read the Texas Legislative Study Group's most recent report "This Is What’s at Stake in This Election" by clicking here: bit.ly/3kU0plK

Today is the last day to early vote in Texas. Click here to find an early voting location near you in Harris County: har...
10/30/2020
Harris Votes - Polling Locations

Today is the last day to early vote in Texas. Click here to find an early voting location near you in Harris County: harrisvotes.com/WaitTimes

Join me tomorrow for a fundraiser celebrating my 59th Birthday & 29th Year in the Legislature. More info below or donate...
10/28/2020

Join me tomorrow for a fundraiser celebrating my 59th Birthday & 29th Year in the Legislature. More info below or donate today at http://garnetcoleman.com/donate/

In this week's Coleman Chronicle: Early Voting Continues / COVID-19 resources and more. Click here to read it all: https...
10/16/2020
Early Voting Continues / COVID-19 resources and more

In this week's Coleman Chronicle: Early Voting Continues / COVID-19 resources and more. Click here to read it all: https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245282?e=69fbbb4623

We are in the middle of a pandemic, with case numbers rising in Harris County, and all of Texas. That is why I agree with Judge Lina Hidalgo that even though we are not under a mandatory stay-at-home order we need to act like we are as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Additio...

Early Voting Starts Tomorrow. Click here for more info: https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245254?e=69fbbb4623
10/12/2020
Early Voting Starts Tomorrow / Hypocrisy on the High Court / COVID-19 resources and more

Early Voting Starts Tomorrow. Click here for more info: https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245254?e=69fbbb4623

We are in the middle of a pandemic, with case numbers rising in Harris County, and all of Texas. That is why I agree with Judge Lina Hidalgo that even though we are not under a mandatory stay-at-home order we need to act like we are as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Additio...

Make sure to complete your Civic To Do List:☑Make A Plan to Vote☑Fill Out The Census☑Get A Flu ShotRead all about it and...
09/11/2020
CIVIC TO DO LIST / UH Hobby School Launches Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership / COVID-19 resources and more

Make sure to complete your Civic To Do List:
☑Make A Plan to Vote
☑Fill Out The Census
☑Get A Flu Shot
Read all about it and more in this week's Coleman Chronicle by clicking here:
https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245230?e=69fbbb4623

Center Will Create the Hobby Prizes, Focus on Topics Including Health Disparities, Racial Justice   HOUSTON, Sept. 11, 2020 – The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston is launching the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership Paula Myrick Short, senior vice pres...

In this week's Coleman Chronicle: Working for Workers this Labor Day / COVID-19 resources and more. Click here to read i...
09/04/2020
Working for Workers this Labor Day / COVID-19 resources and more

In this week's Coleman Chronicle: Working for Workers this Labor Day / COVID-19 resources and more. Click here to read it all: https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245214?e=69fbbb4623

We are in the middle of a pandemic, with case numbers rising in Harris County, and all of Texas. That is why I agree with Judge Lina Hidalgo that even though we are not under a mandatory stay-at-home order we need to act like we are as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Additio...

In this week’s Coleman Chronicle: Good Job Texas House Democrats / Trump's Racist Policies Have to Go / COVID-19 resourc...
08/28/2020
Good Job TX House Democrats / Trump's Racist Policies Have to Go / COVID-19 resources and more

In this week’s Coleman Chronicle: Good Job Texas House Democrats / Trump's Racist Policies Have to Go / COVID-19 resources and more. Click here to read it all: https://mailchi.mp/house/1-1245202?e=69fbbb4623

We are in the middle of a pandemic, with case numbers rising in Harris County, and all of Texas. That is why I agree with Judge Lina Hidalgo that even though we are not under a mandatory stay-at-home order we need to act like we are as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Additio...

Please join us for a virtual fundraiser benefiting Texas House Democratic Incumbents Today at 5pm details below. You can...
08/25/2020

Please join us for a virtual fundraiser benefiting Texas House Democratic Incumbents Today at 5pm details below. You can RSVP by emailing [email protected] or donate now by clicking here: secure.actblue.com/donate/thdif

Last general election 12 Democratic challengers successfully flipped seats in the Texas House. Each one worked hard repr...
08/22/2020

Last general election 12 Democratic challengers successfully flipped seats in the Texas House. Each one worked hard representing their districts and their addition to the House helped amplify Democratic policies, including increased funding for public schools. These 12 members also represent the mosaic of people that the Democratic party represents: women, men, Blacks, Latinos, Whites, LGBTQ+, urban and rural, etc. These 12 members are:

Rep. Michelle Beckley, HD 65 (Carrollton)
Rep. Rhetta Bowers, HD 113 (Garland)
Rep. John Bucy, HD 136 (Cedar Park)
Rep. Gina Calanni, HD 132 (Houston)
Rep. Vicki Goodwin, HD 47 (Austin)
Rep. Julie Johnson, HD 115 (Dallas)
Rep. Terry Meza, HD 105 (Irving)
Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos, HD 102 (Dallas)
Rep. Jon Rosenthal, HD 135 (Houston)
Rep. James Talarico, HD 52 (Round Rock)
Rep. John Turner, HD 114 (Dallas)
Rep. Erin Zwiener, HD 45 (Kyle)

We need all 12 of these members back next session so we can continue to fight for Democratic policies including equity in public education, access and affordability in Healthcare, and equality for everyone. So, please consider giving to this upcoming fundraiser benefiting Texas House Democratic Incumbents.

You can RSVP by emailing [email protected] or donate now by clicking here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/thdif‬

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Representative Coleman thank you for all your hard work. Please support HB464 "Sergio Lopez Allergy Awareness Act" to protect citizens with potentially fatal food allergies in honor of my only child Sergio who died from allergic reaction to peanut butter in a taco from a Texas restaurant. Thanking you in advance for your support, Belinda Vaca mother of Sergio Lopez. .
Please do everything you can to stop Meza's bill HB 196. Insanity to basically open the door to thieves, murderers and rapists. NO THANK YOU. If we can no longer protect ourselves what do Texans even have? I work with females who are pregnant from assault and I know intruders don't come in peacefully. Running does NOT help. They chase or shoot those who try to get away. Please please please stop her bill. Thank you.
It is IMPERATIVE that you exercise your constitutional duty and civic responsibility to protect the health and safety of all Texans. Hazmat gear is critically important for our first responders whose lives are at risk! They are sacrificing themselves in their service to protect us all.
Just introducing myself, I am a Democrat running for Texas House of Representatives for District 83 in 2020 https://www.facebook.com/addisonfortx
The dogs of Texas are running out of time. As your constituent, I’m asking you to please help us get SB 295 out of Calendars Committee and to the House floor today. Many thanks, Dana Epley
Greetings from those who need you to support this Movement for Humanity and Empowerment https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/back-to-work-ll-texas/back-to-work-ii?utm_campaign=ocdonate&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=crowdrise via a small donation and blast through your email and social media and other networks! Thanks, Lawrence Sims
Going to the dentist is bad enough… then this happened. https://youtu.be/e9Gdq2ES-X8 OPEN WIDE EVERYONE We often ask our government to protect us from stuff. Take the Texas Radiation Control Board, they make sure we don’t get more radiation than we’re supposed to get when we go to the dentist. But you now government, give them an inch and they take a mile. Texas dentists have been sounding the alarm about the state x-ray inspectors. They used to make an appointment, but now they have started showing up unannounced. How would you like to be stuck in the dentist’s chair in the middle of a root canal when that happens? When dentists complain they get fined. A Magnolia Doctor Eric Sanders told inspectors to come back when he wasn’t busy and got a $4,000 fine. Now the State is going after a supposed conspiracy to interfere with their work. The Department of State Health Services claims a radiation equipment inspection company called RSI told dental clients not to admit inspectors into their clinics when the inspectors showed up unannounced. DSHS is trying to fine RSI with a $20,000 administrative fine! Really? On Wednesday, November 7th, there will be a showdown in Austin, a formal hearing before a Texas Administrative law judge. We expect a roomful of dentists will show up because they have had enough and are fighting back. They say they are fed up with inspectors showing up at their office anytime they feel like, regardless if the dentist has a waiting room full of patients or not. Why don’t these inspectors have rules and procedures they are supposed to be following when “scheduling” these inspections. Or do they and are just ignoring it? And what’s all the fuss about dental x-ray machines? Dolcefino Consulting can’t find a single case where any Texas dental patient has been exposed to more dental x-ray radiation than they are supposed to be. “You get more radiation at the airport on a trip from Houston to New York,” says Dr. Eric Sanders. “I thought this was Texas where we don’t like wasteful government regulation,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Is this about safety or is this about money.” The Radiation Control Board budget was $9 million dollars this year. In the last year the State has collected over $600 thousand dollars in fines, virtually all of it for paperwork stuff. We will be in Austin Wednesday to see what happens. If you must reschedule an appointment because your dentist got parlayed by unannounced inspections, can you send a bill to the State of Texas? Didn’t think so.
Best of luck!!!
Representative Coleman, let’s legalize online voter registration in TX. Its been found to be cheaper and more secure. 38 plus states currently allow online voter registration and its time for TX to do the same.
Hello Garnet....I am trying to compile a list of the areas where we in Texas do not rank very high. Similar to what was in the Texas On The Brink article. Do you have any current data on health care, environment, labor or any subject that will be helpful for the midterms. I am looking for talking points. Beto For Texas.
Please increase our Representation by growing the State House Members from 150 to 300 (1 Rep per 100K people). Smaller districts make the representatives more accountable to their constituency and foster greater individual liberty.
Please pursue Electoral Reform by supporting STAR Voting system for all State-wide offices so we can replace the inferior Plurality Voting. https://www.facebook.com/EqualVote/videos/2014179648828780/