Given enough time everything evolves; even politics.
Holding the distinction of being the 4th largest city in the country, Houston is a haven for diversity; and current City Controller Ronald Green seems to have a knack for catering to the needs of its residents.In a nation with shifting ideologies, a loosening of former social norms, and a rapidly changing ethnic composition; to be a politician in today’s world, one must be able to accept and connect with a variety of people in order to truly serve them.
A native Houstonian, Green is a homegrown part of the very base he now represents, and his early ambitions gave no indication that he would one day find his way into politics. A Debakey High graduate, by the time he reached the University of Houston it would be to pursue a future as a doctor, only to be thwarted and have his goals altered by something as small as a class.
Green says with a smile, “It was bio-chemistry that made me change my mind. As I went deeper into my degree I discovered that I didn’t actually want to become a doctor after all, and I decided to go into law instead.”Going on to earn both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of Houston, he would see his goal of becoming a lawyer come to fruition after graduating from Texas Southern University’s acclaimed Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
By the time he received his law degree and became a licensed lawyer, he had amassed two prominent federal clerkships and went on to pass the Texas Bar. Subsequently, he was admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Yet despite his growing credentials Green would go against the grain, deciding to bypass the traditional route of a large firm and instead create his own; The Green Firm, LLP was born. Diving into trial practice, the firm would quickly find success within the Houston market. Professionally life was going well, and with the addition of a new wife, Judge Hilary Harmon Green, his personal life was in accordance as well. Yet complacency was never a trait that Green possessed, thus when provided with an opportunity to serve the community, he took it.
“I was always involved within the community, and I believe that timing is everything. I believe when you have a window of opportunity you jump; so I jumped into civil service,” says Green.
In this case ”jumping” proved to be a good decision, and Green went on to win his first election the first time around, an uneasy feat for most new candidates, landing squarely on City Council where he quickly made a name for himself due to his love for improving the overall living conditions of his constituents.
“I loved the City Council because I was allowed to make decisions that affected the lives of people that I actually got to see on a daily basis; the only downfall was the fact that we simply could not help everyone."
Read the full story at Houston Trend Magazine - July 2012