From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
Friday, August 10, 2001
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Ellis Statement on Ratliff's Decision to Run for the Texas Senate

AUSTIN - Following Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff's announcement that he will seek re- election as State Senator representing Senate District 1, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement:

"I am delighted today by my good friend, Bill Ratliff's decision to return to the Texas Senate and run for re- election. He is a true hero of the Senate and the people of Texas will benefit greatly from his continued service. I'm sure the people of Senate District 1 already know what an asset Bill Ratliff is to them.

"Bill Ratliff is a good man who has done great things for Texas. He is a dedicated public servant who has always put policy -- and the needs of Texas -- above partisan politics. Bill Ratliff deserves much credit for the accomplishments of the 77th Legislature.

"In this era of growing partisanship, Bill Ratliff has always put the needs of people above party. I believe Texans appreciate his dedication and his ability to work together to get things done. I look forward to another term of fine service from one of Texas' greatest leaders."