The unverified audio, which was first posted by Current Revolt on October 22, purportedly captures Jackson Lee speaking in a derogatory manner about her staffers.
In the recording, she can be heard questioning a male staff member about a document related to something owned by a person named Duncantell.
When the staff member mentioned that he had given the document to someone named Jerome, who had taken it upstairs, Jackson Lee cut him off, expressing her intent to call Jerome and stating that she did not want the staff member to do anything.
Former Republican Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger criticized Jackson Lee, stating that she has a history of mistreating her staff.
“She has always been known to abuse staff,” Kinzinger wrote. “But somehow gets away with it, this is awful.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, who has represented Texas’ 18th District since 1995, has a reputation as a demanding and outspoken boss. She has been accused of requiring her staff to work long hours and demanding that they provide transportation for her, regardless of the distance involved.