Garnet Coleman

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Garnet Fredrick Coleman
Rep. Garnet Austin Coleman.jpg
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 147th district
Assumed office
October 15, 1991
Preceded byLarry Q. Evans
Personal details
Born (1961-09-08) September 8, 1961 (age 57)
Washington, DC, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Angelique F. Coleman
ResidenceHouston, Texas, U.S.
Alma materHoward University
University of St. Thomas (B.A.)
WebsiteCampaign website

Garnet Fredrick Coleman (born September 8, 1961)[1] is an American politician. Since 1991, he has been a member of the Texas House of Representatives for the 147th district, located entirely within Houston, Texas and Harris County.

Early life and education[edit]

Coleman was born on September 8, 1961, in Washington, DC and raised in Houston, Texas. His father is John B. Coleman, a Houston doctor.[2] As of 2006, the family of Coleman's father had lived in Houston's Third Ward neighborhood for over 100 years.[3]

Coleman graduated from Jack Yates High School in Houston,[4] and the University of Saint Thomas in Houston.

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 Harvard University Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Coleman was elected to his first term as a state representative in 1991 at age 29.[5] His district includes Downtown Houston, the Hobby Airport area, Midtown Houston, Sagemont, and the Third Ward.[4]

Coleman has been named Texas Monthly Ten Best Legislators List on two occasions. Most recently he received the 2005 Reintegration Award presented by Eli Lilly and Company, a national award given in acknowledgment of efforts to increase services and decrease the stigma associated with mental illness.[6]

Incident with police officer[edit]

On July 14, 2015, Coleman was stopped by a police officer for driving 94 miles per hour. Coleman later said of the incident, "He talked to me like I was a child... He was so rude and nasty. Even when he found out I was a legislator, he became more rude and nasty. And I didn't understand why this guy was continuing to go on and on and treat me like a child. And basically like I'm saying is treat me like a boy. I want to be very clear about that." Even so, Coleman was neither issued a citation for speeding nor charged with perjury. However, KHOU later reported an analysis of the audio from a dashcam recording of Coleman's accusations against the police officer which also revealed the police officer didn't do anything.

Political positions[edit]

Coleman, in regards to the Third Ward, expressed his opposition to gentrification and a desire to keep the original residents in the neighborhood. Coleman had some control over the Midtown Tax Increment Financing District, which bought land in the Third Ward and enacted deeds restricting what may be done with the land, so that the land could indefinitely be used to house low income residents.[7] In 2009, Coleman said "We learned a lot from the debacle in the Fourth Ward. So it would be stupid not to respond to the negative byproducts of rapid development. We want to find people who will make this community better by becoming part of its fabric, not by changing its fabric."[8] In regards to the Fourth Ward in 2009, Coleman said that it cannot recapture the sense of community that it used to have. Coleman added "the residents got pushed to the suburbs, and the businesses got wiped away."[9]


  1. ^ "State Rep. Garnet Coleman". Elected Officials Directory. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Ayres, Jr., B. Drummond (December 12, 1999). "Political Briefing; Forbes Uses Highway As a Political Wedge". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Kimmelman, Michael (December 17, 2006). "In Houston, Art Is Where the Home Is". The New York Times. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Distinguished HISD Alumni Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine," Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on October 20, 2011. "Garnet F. Coleman (1979) State Representative for District 147, which includes the Third Ward, Fourth Ward, South Park, downtown, midtown, Sagemont, and Hobby Airport areas"
  5. ^ "Houston man takes oath". The Victoria Advocate. October 19, 1991. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "From the Gridiron to the State House to Cable Television: Champions in Fight Against Mental Illness to be Honored by Lilly". Eli Lilly and Company. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ Buntin, John. "Land Rush." Governing. March 2006. Retrieved on July 3, 2011.
  8. ^ Axtman, Kris. "After years in the suburbs, many blacks return to city life." The Christian Science Monitor. April 29, 2004. Retrieved on May 1, 2009.
  9. ^ Feldman, Claudia. "A road called Almeda." Houston Chronicle. October 29, 2009. Retrieved on November 1, 2009.

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Larry Q. Evans
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 147 (Houston)

1991 – present