Sheila Jackson Lee is an American lawyer and politician who is the U.S. representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district, having served since 1995. The district includes most of central Houston. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council before being elected to the House. Jackson Lee and Representative Lloyd Doggett became co-deans of Texas’s congressional delegation after Eddie Bernice Johnson retired.