From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Contact: Mike Lavigne, (512) 463-0113

Statement on the Retirement of Senator Bill Ratliff

"Bill Ratliff's departure from the Texas Senate marks the end of an era. His steady-handed leadership, both as a member and presiding officer, often served as the conscience of this great body.

"Bill Ratliff is the embodiment of the ultimate public servant. He taught me the importance of transcending partisanship and was a consistent source of guidance for me and my peers.

"I am saddened to see him go. There is no doubt that the State of Texas is a better place thanks to his service. He may no longer serve in this chamber, but he will always be my friend."