Statement from State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
June 5, 2001
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Ellis Statement Following Announcement by Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff

(Austin)// Following Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff's announcement that he will not seek election to a four year term as Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement:

"I was truly surprised and saddened by Bill Ratliff's decision not to seek a full term as Lieutenant Governor. Clearly it took a great deal of soul-searching and reflection for him to reach this difficult decision. He is a good man who has done great things for Texas.

"Bill Ratliff is a Texas giant. What you see is what you get. He is a dedicated public servant who has always put policy -- and the needs of Texas -- above partisan politics. We have seen that again today with his brave and honest decision not to seek a full term.

"Bill Ratliff deserves so much credit for the accomplishments of the 77th Legislature. His strong, steady leadership in guiding the Senate's business were pivotal in getting an evenly divided body to break through gridlock and division on the issues important to Texas families. I owe him so much personally as well. He invested his trust in me when he handed me his Finance Committee gavel. I can honestly say that the highest praise I have received this session is when he told me I justified his faith.

"Bill Ratliff is one of Texas' finest leaders and one of the finest men I have ever had the honor to work with. It has been my pleasure to work with him as Senator and Lieutenant Governor, but a privilege to know him as a friend."