The Texas State Senate: District 13
Senator Rodney Ellis: District 13
Occupation: Senior advisor in the Public Policy and Regulation practice group for Dentons
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 650 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 a member of the Senate State Affairs, Business & Commerce, and Transportation committees. In past sessions, he chaired the Senate Finance, Jurisprudence, Intergovernmental Relations, Government Organization, and Open Government committees.
Senator Ellis chairs the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project and co-chairs the National Conference of State Legislatures Task Force on International Relations. He also serves on the National Conference of State Legislatures Executive Committee, the LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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
June 26, 2015
Sen. Ellis praises U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality
June 25, 2015
Sen. Ellis reacts to U.S. Supreme Court decision on Affordable Care Act
June 18, 2015
Statement from Sen. Ellis on U.S. Supreme Court decision re: Confederate license plates
May 30, 2015
Sen. Ellis on his vote against SB 11, the "campus carry" bill
May 26, 2015
Senate passes exoneration review commission bill
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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)
84th Session Committee Membership
District Analysis: District 13