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Texas State Representative Garnet Coleman looks back on 30 years of career triumphs and challenges

Representative Garnet Coleman, who retires from his position in the Texas Legislature at the end of February, tells us what he feels his legacy will be.

Garnet Coleman
Jill Karnicki, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer


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He’s done honorable work in public service, including being a member of President Obama’s State Legislators for Health Reform, serving as Chair of the Texas House County Affairs Committee, and enacting policies to better the Houston community. But after having represented District 147 in the Texas State Legislature since 1991, Garnet Coleman has decided to retire effective February 28, 2022.

"I am proud to have represented the people of District 147 for the last 30 plus years. I hope that I have served them well and look forward to continuing to serve our community in a non-elected capacity,” said Coleman in a press release.

But how did he decide on a life in public service?

What have the past 30 years been like in the Texas Legislature?

In this conversation with Representative Coleman, we welcomed calls, questions, comments, and messages of appreciation as he reflected on the challenges and triumphs of serving the people of Texas.

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