Howard "Tough as" Steele

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Early Life

Howard L. Steele, Jr. is a federal litigator, native Houstonian and congressional candidate for the 22nd District. Born into a military family of modest means, he learned the values of hard work, focus and grit. He became the first person in his family to attend college, and subsequently earned four degrees; Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Texas at Dallas, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University, Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Law in Intellectual Property Law from The University of Houston Law Center.

    Upon completing his education, he began to build a life in Texas’ Congressional District 22. At the time, much of Pearland was undeveloped so he took a machete to trek through the fields and find his lot in the Lakes at Country Place neighborhood. He has proudly lived in and served that same community for the past two decades in both unofficial and official capacities such as Director and Counsel for his homeowner’s association, one of the largest in the District. Through his volunteer work, he’s helped his fellow homeowners increase the resale values of their homes, streamlined the operating budget and successfully implemented neighborhood-wide safety measures.

"... one of the Best Lawyers in America..."  -- Forbes magazine



Steele has been named to the Texas Super Lawyer list for the past 12 years. He was recognized by Forbes as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He is often invited to speak at institutions such as the University of Texas at Austin School of Law as well as professional conferences and trade shows. Board certified in Labor and Employment law, he is recognized as one of the best Employment and Labor Law attorneys in Houston by H-Texas Magazine. Two of Steele’s associates have gone on to become judges.

Howard Steele here with his fiancée Jade James

Political Views

Steele will put his extensive knowledge of federal law and fighter’s heart to work for his fellow Congressional District 22 residents.

    He is devoted to fighting for, and implementing, laws to combat human trafficking, especially as it relates to children. The father of a teenager, Steele is acutely aware of the dangers youth in District 22 face. Junior high and high school girls are browsing social media, going to school, extracurricular activities, shopping and working under the ever-preying eyes of human traffickers.  In August, 64 people were arrested in Fort Bend County related to human sex trafficking—two of their victims were teenage girls.

    He will also work to ensure enforcement of existing immigration laws, support tax reform affecting small businesses and local infrastructure as well as the country at large.

Political Service

Steele’s political service spans more than two decades, beginning at Baylor University when he volunteered for then-Agriculture-Commissioner candidate Rick Perry. He has been an avid supporter of the President since the day Donald Trump descended on an escalator at Trump Tower to announce his bid for the presidency. Steele is proud to have expended significant time and resources to campaign for Donald Trump in both Texas and Colorado, and he will continue to do so.