Eddie Rodriguez

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Eddie Rodriguez
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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 since 2003.

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]

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]

DWI arrest

On March 18, 2010, Rodriguez was arrested near his home in East Austin on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.[2] The case was dismissed by the judge due to lack of evidence on October 21, 2010.[3]

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:

  • 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.[4]

Issues

Rodriguez's website provides a summary of his agenda:

"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."[5]

Rodriguez's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. He did not provide a reply when asked his legislative priorities.[6]

Elections

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][8]

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.[9]

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

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 51th District, defeating Arthur DiBianca (L).[12]

Rodriguez raised $50,034 for his campaign.[13]

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.[14]

Rodriguez raised $58,527 for his campaign.[15]

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).[16]

Rodriguez raised $113,017 for his campaign while Scharf and Staehle Glowka raised $0.[17]

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

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Rodriguez raised a total of $129,33 in 2010. Below are Rodriguez's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[18]

Contributor 2010 total
Chickasaw Nation $7,000
AT&T $3,840
Texas Optometric Association $3,000
Blackridge $2,794
Hillco Partners $2,531

2008

In the 2008 election, Rodriguez raised a total of $92,128.[19]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Peisen, Verna $5,000
Hillco Partners $3,300
Brown McCarroll LLP $3,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $3,000
Actblue Texas $2,247

2006

In the 2006 election, Rodriguez raised a total of $50,034. [20]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $1,850
BG Distribution Partners $1,500
Glazer, R L $1,500
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas $1,350

2004

In the 2004 election, Rodriguez raised a total of $58,527. [21]

His five largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Rodriguez, Eddie $5,831
AOL Time Warner $2,500
Girling PAC $1,500
Texas Classroom Teachers Association $1,500
8 Donors, Each Donating $1,000 $1,000

2002

In the 2002 election, Rodriguez raised a total of $113,017. [22]

His five largest contributors in 2002 were:

Donor Amount
Maxey, Glen $7,215
AFFPAC $5,100
Butts, David $5,000
Education Austin $5,000
Scanlan, John $3,600

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."[23] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

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

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