The Texas Democrat stands to be jazz's new advocate in the House, following John Conyers' resignation earlier this month.
Jazz has a new champion in Congress. Last week, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D–Texas) held a press conference in Washington, D.C. to announce she would be chairing the newly established Congressional Jazz Caucus in the House of Representatives.
Under this new capacity, Jackson Lee introduced a new House Resolution (HR 4626): The National Jazz Preservation, Education and Promulgation Act of 2017 on Dec. 12, in order to "preserve knowledge and promote education about jazz in the United States and abroad."
It would authorize $2 million for each fiscal year from 2018-2020 for the purpose of preserving the history and importance of jazz music. The funding would go towards audio and video interviews with leading jazz artists, acquiring and preserving jazz artifacts, continuing to recognize Jazz Appreciation Month each April, establish jazz archival collections with a swath of different organizations, produce jazz concerts and more.