Green earned his bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Southern University in 1974. After college, Green co-founded a private law firm and also served as president of the NAACP Houston chapter.
During his nearly ten years in office, membership in the organization increased sevenfold. In 1978, he was elected Justice of the Peace in Harris County, a position he held for 26 years. In 2004, Green was elected to the United States House of Representatives and he has been re-elected three times since then.
In Congress, he serves on the Committee on Financial Services where he has focused on fair housing and hiring practices for the poor and minorities.