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Eddie Rodriguez
Eddie Rodriguez.jpg
Texas State House, District 51
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
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
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Eddie Rodriguez 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."[3]

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.[4]

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.[5][6][7]

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.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11] Rodriguez raised $92,128 for his campaign.[12]

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).[13]

Rodriguez raised $50,034 for his campaign.[14]

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.[15]

Rodriguez raised $58,527 for his campaign.[16]

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).[17]

Rodriguez raised $113,017 for his campaign while Scharf and Staehle Glowka raised $0.[18]

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.[19]

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

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."[20] 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.[21] The case was dismissed by the judge due to lack of evidence on October 21, 2010.[22]

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