Eddie Rodriguez

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Eddie Rodriguez
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Texas House of Representatives, District 51
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
J.D.University of Texas at Austin
Personal
Birthday07/01/1971
Place of birthMcAllen, TX
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Eddie Rodriguez (b. July 1, 1971) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Rodriguez attended the University of Texas-Austin for both his bachelor's degree and his law degree.

From 1997 to 2002, he served as Chief of Staff to former State Representative Glen Maxey, his District 51 predecessor. In addition to that role, he worked as Executive Director of the Travis County Democratic Party from 1996-2001. He earlier worked as Assistant Director of Staff for Draco Group Homes from 1993-1996.[1]

Rep. Rodriguez is active in the nonprofit world, serving as a founding board member of Austin Pets Alive!, Alliance for Public Transportation (APT), Hispanic Technology Institute of Austin (HTIA), the Anti-Defamation League, Habitat for Humanity, ZACH Theater and the Economic Growth Business Incubator.[1]

Rep. Rodriguez has served District 51 -- South and East Austin and Travis County -- since 2003. Rep. Rodriguez is self-employed as a Business Development consultant in Austin. He is Chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Farm-To-Table Caucus, Vice-Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, (MALC), and a member of the House Democratic Caucus, the Environmental Caucus, the Manufacturing Caucus and the Legislative Study Group. He is a member of the One Texas PAC.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Rodriguez served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Business & Industry
Economic & Small Business Development

2011-2012

Rodriguez served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 237 - Relating to a deduction under the franchise tax for certain renewable energy devices.
  • HB 238 - Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for certain renewable energy devices.
  • HB 482 - Relating to programs to increase the availability of fresh produce to, and the purchase and consumption of fresh produce by, certain low-income individuals.
  • HB 1371 - Relating to prohibiting accepting federal funding for abstinence-only education.[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Rodriguez's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

"Included in Eddie’s legislative agenda are bills that address regional transportation, affordable housing, environmental quality, equitable education, career and technical education, health and human services and the promotion of renewable and sustainable energy as part of a statewide approach to improving environmental quality and creating economic development opportunities for Central Texas."

2008

Rodriguez's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. He did not provide a reply when asked his legislative priorities.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Eddie Rodriguez was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rodriguez will face Arthur DiBianca (L) in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Rodriguez won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 51. Rodriguez ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Arthur DiBianca (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Rodriguez Incumbent 88.2% 32,878
     Libertarian Arthur DiBianca 11.8% 4,411
Total Votes 37,289

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rodriguez won re-election in District 51. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Marilyn Jackson and Libertarian Arthur DiBianca in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 51
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Eddie Rodriguez (D) 12,981 75.93%
Marilyn Jackson (R) 3,412 19.96%
Arthur DiBianca (L) 701 4.10%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Rodriguez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 51st District, defeating Arthur DiBianca (L). Rodriguez received 29,384 votes in the election while DiBianca received 3,440 votes.[7] Rodriguez raised $92,128 for his campaign.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 51
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Eddie Rodriguez (D) 29,384 89.51%
Arthur DiBianca (L) 3,440 10.48%

2006

On November 4, 2006, Rodriguez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 51st District, defeating Arthur DiBianca (L).[7]

Rodriguez raised $50,034 for his campaign.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 51 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eddie Rodriguez (D) 13,521
Arthur DiBianca (L) 2,252

2004

On November 4, 2004, Rodriguez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 51st District, unopposed.[7]

Rodriguez raised $58,527 for his campaign.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 51 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eddie Rodriguez (D) 26,856

2002

On November 4, 2002, Rodriguez won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 51st District, defeating Darren Scharf (G) and Majory Staehle Glowka (L).[7]

Rodriguez raised $113,017 for his campaign while Scharf and Staehle Glowka raised $0.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 51 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eddie Rodriguez (D) 14,389
Darren Scharf (G) 1,308
Majory Staehle Glowka (L) 1,793

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rodriguez is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Rodriguez raised a total of $580,678 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[12]

Eddie Rodriguez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 51 Won $137,641
2010 Texas State House, District 51 Won $129,331
2008 Texas State House, District 51 Won $92,128
2006 Texas State House, District 51 Won $50,034
2004 Texas State House, District 51 Won $58,527
2002 Texas State House, District 51 Won $113,017
Grand Total Raised $580,678

2012

Rodriguez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Rodriguez raised a total of $137,641.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Eddie Rodriguez's campaign in 2012
Border Health$5,000
Texas Optometric Association$5,000
Austin Police Association PAC$4,000
Chickasaw Nation$2,500
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$137,641
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Rodriguez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Rodriguez raised a total of $129,331.

2008

Rodriguez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Rodriguez raised a total of $92,128.

2006

Rodriguez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Rodriguez raised a total of $50,034.

2004

Rodriguez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Rodriguez raised a total of $58,527.

2002

Rodriguez won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Rodriguez raised a total of $113,017.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[13] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[14]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation, and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[14]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Rodriguez received a score of 12.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Eddie Rodriguez received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Rodriguez has a wife, Christine.

Controversies

DWI arrest

On March 18, 2010, Rodriguez was arrested near his home in East Austin on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.[15] The case was dismissed by the judge due to lack of evidence on October 21, 2010.

Political favoritism at the University of Texas

See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial and Political favoritism in admissions to the University of Texas

Rodriguez has been linked to political favoritism investigations at the University of Texas, which was a focal point of the Wallace Hall impeachment trial.[16]

In May 2014, reporters at Watchdog.org released a report detailing alleged situations where admitted students with typically lower-than-acceptable credentials had connections to politicians or elected officials. One issue that prompted the study was the February 2014 Bar Exam results. The University of Texas Law School is the highest rated school in the state. But in February 2014, only 59 percent of its students passed the bar, which was the worst rate in the state. Watchdog.org analyzed the state's bar exam pass rates from 2006-2013. During that time, roughly 2,700 students took the bar and only 197 needed to re-take the exam. Only 29 individuals failed the bar at least three times, with 13 of those names being isolated by the Watchdog investigation as potentially having political connections.[17]

The following points were summarized in the article.[17]

  • 90 UT Law students failed the bar twice or more
  • 15 students appeared to be politically connected in some way
  • 12 students had ties to Judith Zaffirini, who previously admitted to specifically recommending certain individuals for acceptance to the school.
  • Six students had connections to Joe Straus, Texas State Speaker, or individuals/groups that had affiliations to Straus.
  • Two UT Law graduates were elected officials at the time that they were admitted to the school. State Representatives Richard Raymond (D) and Eddie Rodriguez (D) each failed the bar at least once. Raymond failed the bar in 2007 and 2008 and is not a member of the Texas bar. Rodriguez failed the bar three times between 2010 and 2012 and is not a member of the bar. Additionally, one of the members of Rodriguez's staff also failed the bar three times between 2009 and 2010 as a UT Law graduate.

Watchdog.org reporter Jon Cassidy said Wallace Hall, subject of state impeachment hearings was not the source of the material in his article. He reported that his investigation used public records request to produce his data and conclusions.[18]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Electronic communication with Eddie Rodriguez Campaign, August 27, 2012
  2. Texas Legislature, "Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Rodriguez," accessed May 24, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 24, 2014
  4. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed July 30, 2014
  5. The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  6. Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
  8. Follow the Money, "2008 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "2006 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "2004 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "2002 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "Rodriguez, Eddie," accessed July 24, 2013
  13. kten.com, "Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Redistricting In Special Session," May 29, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Legislative reference Library of Texas, "Texas Legislative Sessions and Years," accessed June 13, 2014
  15. Austin American-Statesman, "State Rep. Rodriguez Charged With DWI," March 20, 2010
  16. Above the Law, "Top Law School Admitted Dozens Of Unqualified — But Politically Connected — Students," May 13, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Watchdog.org, "Dozens of UT Law’s least qualified students are connected politically," May 13, 2014
  18. Watchdog.org, "UT favoritism report produced by hard work, not leaks," May 14, 2014
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