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Rodney Ellis

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Rodney Ellis
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Texas State Senate, District 13
Incumbent
In office
1991 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas Southern University
Master'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.University of Texas
Personal
ProfessionInvestment Banker
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Rodney G. Ellis is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 1990.

Biography

Ellis studied at Xavier University in New Orleans, and earned his bachelor's degree from Texas Southern University in Houston. He holds a master's in public affairs (M.P.A.) from the University of Texas. He studied at the London School of Economics and earned his J.D. from the University of Texas.

Ellis has worked as an attorney and investment banker. He is a partner with Rice Financial Products Company.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources
State Affairs
Transportation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ellis served on the following Texas Senate committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ellis served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Issues

Intern program

Ellis is credited with creating the Texas Legislative Internship Program and has said that working with legislative interns is one of his biggest accomplishments.[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Ellis ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 13. Ellis ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

2010

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Ellis won re-election to the 13th District seat in 2010. He ran unopposed in the primary.

Ellis defeated Republican opponent Michael Mauldin in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas State Senate, District 13
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Rodney Ellis (D) 113,155 78.17%
Michael Mauldin (R) 31,596 21.82%

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Ellis won re-election to the 13th District Seat in the Texas State Senate.[4]

Ellis raised $532,709 for his campaign.[5]

Texas State Senate, District 13 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Rodney Ellis (D) 90,148 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ellis is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Ellis raised a total of $3,114,534 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[6]

Rodney Ellis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 13 Won $508,350
2010 Texas State Senate, District 13 Won $487,385
2008 Texas State Senate, District 13 Not up for election $437,454
2006 Texas State Senate, District 13 Won $532,709
2004 Texas State Senate, District 13 Not up for election $440,050
2002 Texas State Senate, District 13 Won $470,250
1998 Texas State Senate, District 13 Won $238,336
Grand Total Raised $3,114,534

2012

Ellis won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $508,350.

2010

Ellis won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $487,385.

2008

Ellis was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $437,454.

2006

Ellis won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $532,709.

2004

Ellis was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $440,050.

2002

Ellis won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $470,250.

1998

Ellis won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $238,336.

Scorecards

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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."[7] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Ellis received a score of 42.1 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Rodney Ellis received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Ellis and his wife, Licia Green Ellis, have four children.

Controversies

Support for bill helping his company

In 2007, Ellis gave his endorsement to a Houston Independent School District bond package, which the voters passed. But few people knew that the same package he endorsed could benefit Ellis, whose firm Rice Financial Products works on the school district's bond transactions. The website Texas Watchdog reported that Ellis' firm stands to make tens of thousands of dollars from the deal.[8]

Expensive hotel stays

In 2008, Ellis stayed at a $495-per-night Ritz-Carlton in Manhattan while attending a conference at taxpayer expense. The Houston Democrat picked the Ritz over the actual conference hotel, the Marriott Marquis near Times Square, where other state lawmakers stayed at less than half the Ritz's nightly rate. The gathering was organized by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators.[9]

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Texas Senate District 13
1991-present
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