The Texas State Senate: District 13
Senator Rodney Ellis: District 13
Occupation: Partner - Rice Financial Products Company; Shareholder - The Tagos Group; Of Counsel - Reaud, Morgan, & Quinn
Education: Texas Southern University, B.A.; LBJ School of Public Affairs, M.P.A.; University of Texas Law School, J.D.
Legislative Experience: Senate Member, 1990 - Present
Senator Rodney Ellis was elected to the Texas Senate in 1990. During his tenure, he has been leader on economic development, education, civil rights, responsible environmental policy, middle class tax cuts, and criminal justice issues, having passed over 600 bills.
He is the proud founder of the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP). Since TLIP's inception, it has become the largest legislative internship program in the state, giving over 600 young people the opportunity to make a difference in Texas politics and public policy. Three former TLIP participants are currently members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Senator Ellis is the current Chairman of the Senate Committee on Open Government, which investigates how to improve the transparency of state government. He is a member of the Senate State Affairs, Transportation, and Natural Resources committees. In past sessions, he chaired the Senate Finance, Jurisprudence, Intergovernmental Relations, and Government Organization committees.
Senator Ellis chairs the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project and serves on the LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees, the University of Texas School of Law Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also chairs the Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change, and the Environment.
Before his election to the Texas Senate, Senator Ellis served three terms as a member of the Houston City Council and as chief of staff to the late U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland. He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Southern University, a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Ellis also studied at Xavier University of New Orleans and the London School of Economics.
Rodney Ellis is married to Licia Green-Ellis and has four children.
Texas Legislative Internship Program.
Speeding Down a Dead End Street
The Looming Crisis in Texas Financial Aid
October 14, 2014
Statement from Sen. Ellis on the 5th Circuit's voter ID ruling
October 9, 2014
Statement from Sen. Ellis on the voter ID ruling
October 1, 2014
Press conference regarding the need to amend statutes relating to DNA testing of biological evidence
August 28, 2014
Statement from Sen. Ellis on Judge Dietz's school finance ruling
July 30, 2014
Statement from Sen. Ellis on 49th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
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| Capitol Address
|| District Address
| The Honorable Rodney G. Ellis
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0006 (fax)
| 440 Louisiana, Suite 575
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 236-0604 (fax)
| District Address
| 2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 110
Missouri City, Texas 77489
(281) 261-4726 (fax)
| 6100 Corporate Drive, Suite 288
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 988-8599 (fax)
83rd Session Committee Membership
District Analysis: District 13