Here's part of her speech:
"And I can tell you as a member of the United States Congress, we understand the constitution. We understand laws and we know that people are innocent until proven otherwise. That it what the constitution stands for."
To say Jackson Lee has been controversial might be an understatement. But many also consider her one of the hardest working politicians around...and she hasn't lost an election in years.
So can she be beat by city councilman Jarvis Johnson?
I asked Texas Southern University political professor Maurice Mangum about Johnson's chances.
"Virtually impossible. Typically, challengers to incumbents like this lose."
Houston's Paris Eley was once a marketing director for the old Motown records. He believes both Jackson Lee andÎ¾Johnson are strong candidates.
"We talk about issues and we talk about the politics of it, but it's about who is going to make the better candidate. That's the practical aspect. We all have our leanings our predilections, but it's actually about who is going to run well and sometimes it reverts to who governs well."
Henderson Smith also lives in the district. He wouldn't say who he was voting for but says the race is an important one.
"Sheila's the incumbent and obviously she has some credibility and clout and a longstanding history of being service oriented in the community and Jarvis is the new comer on the block and he's making a bid for a position that I think is going to have an impact on Houstonian's lives for a long time to come."
Jackson-Lee got a lot of negative publicity over the summer for her behavior at some of the health care forums. She was caught on tape talking on her cell phone while someone in the audience was asking her a question. This is professor Mangum again.
"Even though she may be disliked because she's doing a number of grand standing things. Hey, she's trying to do what she can to stay in people's minds. Any publicity is better than no publicity."
Jackson Lee:"And I call Michael Jackson the Good Samaritan and I call..."
We won't have to wait long to see how this all plays out, the primary is months away.