Senator Rodney Ellis: District 13

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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
Hometown: Houston
Party: Democrat

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.

View the major legislative accomplishments of Senator Ellis.

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Speeding Down a Dead End Street
The Looming Crisis in Texas Financial Aid


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Icon: Press ReleaseJune 27, 2016
Senator Ellis responds to Supreme Court striking down HB 2

Icon: Press ReleaseJune 23, 2016
Senator Ellis reacts to Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. UT

Icon: Press ReleaseJune 15, 2016
Senator Ellis to be honored this Friday in San Antonio for his leadership on criminal justice reform

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Sen. Ellis statement on Orlando tragedy

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Sen. Ellis reacts to Supreme Court agreeing to hear Duane Buck's appeal

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Senator Ellis Governor for a Day (April 8, 2000)

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Office Information

Capitol Address District Address
The Honorable Rodney G. Ellis
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0113
(512) 463-0006 (fax)
440 Louisiana, Suite 575
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 236-0306
(713) 236-0604 (fax)
District Address  
2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 110
Missouri City, Texas 77489
(281) 261-2360
(281) 261-4726 (fax)


84th Session Committee Membership


District Analysis: District 13

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