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Craig Anthony Washington (born October 12, 1941) is an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Texas who served in the Texas State Senate and the United States House of Representatives.

Craig Anthony Washington
Craig Washington 102nd Congress 1991.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 18th district
In office
December 9, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byMickey Leland
Succeeded bySheila Jackson Lee
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 13th district
In office
Preceded byWalter Mengden
Succeeded byRodney Ellis
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 86th district
In office
Preceded byCharles Finnell
Succeeded byLarry Q. Evans
Personal details
Born (1941-10-12) October 12, 1941 (age 77)
Longview, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceHouston, Texas
Alma materPrairie View A&M Uni.
Texas Southern Uni. Law School

The son of Roy and Azalia Washington, Washington graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1966 and was originally interested in becoming a doctor, but as admissions to medical school had already ceased, Washington decided to instead apply at Texas Southern University's law school.[citation needed]



In 1972, the state of Texas began electing members of the state House of Representatives and State Senate, for the first time, by single-member districts. Washington, along with four other minority candidates, Anthony Hall, George T. "Mickey" Leland, Benny Reyes and Cecil Bush, (dubbed the "People's Five"), ran for seats in the Texas House of Representatives. Washington was elected, and represented District 86 in the state House from 1973 to 1982. He then represented District 13 in the state senate from 1983 until 1989.

Washington was elected as a Democrat to the 101st United States Congress for Texas's 18th congressional district, by special election, December 9, 1989, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mickey Leland. He was reelected to the 102nd United States Congress and 103rd United States Congress and served from December 9, 1989, to January 3, 1995. He took stands against some projects, like the International Space Station, where spending would have flowed to his district.[1]

In March, 1994, Washington was routed in the Democratic primary by Houston City Councilwoman Sheila Jackson Lee, winning only 36.5 percent of the vote. Lee won in November and still holds the seat today.

Since leaving Congress, Washington has practiced law in Houston and Bastrop, Texas.

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  1. ^ Tim Fleck (20 February 1997). "What's Driving Miss Shelia?". Houston Press. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011.

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