From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
January 5, 1999
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Texas State Senator Appointed to Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

Houston, Tx. -- Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) has been appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board by Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson to assist in developing national energy policy. Senator Ellis is one of 33 leaders from around the country on the Board. He is the only Board member from Texas.

"I am thrilled and honored to be chosen by Secretary Richardson for this important position," Senator Ellis stated. "The role Houston plays in the United States energy industry is enormous. I hope that my experience in working with both the industry and the people of Houston will assist the Board in advising the Secretary on vital energy issues."

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board was created in January 1990 to provide the Secretary with independent, expert advice on a broad range of energy, environmental and public policy issues. The board provides information and recommendations in the areas of applied research, economic and national security policy, education issues, laboratory management and other operations of the U.S. Department of Energy.

"Texas' energy resources have made its economy one of the largest in the world," Senator Ellis said. "The challenge of the future will be to capitalize on the natural, technological and human resources that are necessary to sustain growth, protect the environment and provide opportunities for all Americans."

The fourth largest city in the United States, Houston continues to be the nation's energy leader. Fifty-three percent of the region's economic base is related to energy. Thirty percent of jobs related to petroleum and natural gas in the United States are located there. Houston has two of the nation's largest oil refineries and controls the transmission of almost 60 percent of the U.S. capacity in natural gas.

Senator Ellis has represented the city of Houston since 1990, serving on the Senate's Finance, State Affairs and Economic Development committees that affect energy policy in the state. He currently chairs the Senate Jurisprudence Committee.