Garnet F. Coleman – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Representative District 147, Texas

Texas Democratic Party
PO Box 88140Houston TX 77288
(713) 520-5355
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Raised in Houston, Representative Coleman and his wife, Angelique, reside in Houston’s University Oaks neighborhood. They have two children, Austin and Evan.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

President/Chief Executive Officer, Apartments for America, Incorporated, 1999-present

Owner, Coleman Strategies, 1997-present

Shareholder, Peacole Ice Cream, 1987-present

Operations Manager, Federal Civil Process, 1988-1998

Business Development Counselor, Office of Minority Business Affairs, Austin, 1990-1991

Staff Assistant, Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, 1990

Congressional Intern, United States Representative Mickey Leland, 1981

Lecturer, Urban Politics, University of Saint Thomas.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

President/Chief Executive Officer, Apartments for America, Incorporated

Board Member, The Ensemble Theater, present

Member, National Mental Health Association

Life Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, present

Board Member, Progressive States Network, present

Board Member, South Central Young Mens' Christian Association, present

Advisory Board, Campfire Boys and Girls

Board, DePelchin Children's Center

Advisory Board, Houston Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council

Board of Directors, Interfaith Ministries

Creator, Operation SMART Youth Development Program

Board Member, Third Ward Redevelopment Council

Volunteer, United Negro College Fund

University Oaks Civic Association

Sustaining Member, Harris County Democratic Party,

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

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 serves as a member of the Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding, which is charged with ensuring that the state maximize its share of funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)


Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Representative Coleman attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and in 1990 graduated from the University of St. Thomas cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. He also completed the prestigious Harvard University Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government.

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