Elwyn Lee is the longtime and proud husband of congresswoman, Sheila Jackson Lee –who serves Texas’ 18th District.
Elwyn’s wife was recently involved in a United Airlines controversy in which she was given a first class seat assigned to another passenger. The Airline apologized and said there was a mix-up after its internal system showed the passenger had canceled her flight. However the passenger identified as Jean Marie Simon accused the airline of giving her first-class seat to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Houston Democrat.
Sheila Jackson Lee was born January 12, 1950. Sheila, a New York native completed her bachelor’s degree in political science at Yale University and her law degree at the University of Virginia and went onto become a Houston-based judge.
In 1995, she became a United States Representative from Texas and served on the House Committees on Homeland Security and the Judiciary. Previously, she had served on the Houston City Council.
She has been married to Elwyn Lee –born Elwyn Cornelius Lee in 1949 –for decades and together are the proud parents of two children Erica and Jason. Erica Lee is a graduate of UNC/Duke while her brother Jason Lee, attended Harvard.
Meet Elwyn Lee up close below.
#1 He is a law professor
Lee graduated magna cum laude from Yale College. He later graduated from Yale Law School, and practiced law in Washington, D.C., for three years before embarking on a career as a law professor in 1978 at the University of Houston Law Center.
#2 He became the first African American professor to receive tenure at the UH Law Center
Lee taught employment law, personal injury law, administrative law, and ethics. Lee also served as chair of several state and local Bar committees.
#3 He is credited with resurrecting the UH African American Studies Program
In 1989, he became the interim director for the UH African American Studies Program. His leadership for a year and a half is largely credited with resurrecting that program. He was named interim vice president for student affairs in 1991, later assuming the role on a permanent basis.
#4 He is also credited with increasing enrollment
In 1995, after a four-year decline in enrollment, Enrollment Services was transferred to student affairs where, under Lee’s leadership, enrollment increased steadily.
#5 He holds a dual position at the University of Houston
In September 1998, Lee assumed a dual appointment of UH System vice chancellor for student affairs and UH vice president for student affairs. In 2003 the UH System Board of Regents honored Lee by establishing a conference room in his name in the Justin Dart Jr. Center for Students with Disabilities.