|Texas State House, District 51|
|2003 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas at Austin|
|J.D.||University of Texas at Austin|
- 1 DWI arrest
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 External links
- 8 References
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.
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.
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.
On March 18, 2010, Rodriguez was arrested near his home in East Austin on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The case was dismissed by the judge due to lack of evidence on October 21, 2010.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Rodriguez served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Business & Industry|
|• Economic & Small Business Development|
Rodriguez served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Criminal Jurisprudence|
- 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.
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."
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.
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.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Eddie Rodriguez Incumbent||88.2%||32,878|
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.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 51 |
2010 General election results
|Eddie Rodriguez (D)||12,981||75.93%|
|Marilyn Jackson (R)||3,412||19.96%|
|Arthur DiBianca (L)||701||4.10%|
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. Rodriguez raised $92,128 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 51|
|Eddie Rodriguez (D)||29,384||89.51%|
|Arthur DiBianca (L)||3,440||10.48%|
Rodriguez raised $50,034 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 51 (2006)|
|Eddie Rodriguez (D)||13,521|
|Arthur DiBianca (L)||2,252|
Rodriguez raised $58,527 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 51 (2004)|
|Eddie Rodriguez (D)||26,856|
Rodriguez raised $113,017 for his campaign while Scharf and Staehle Glowka raised $0.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 51 (2002)|
|Eddie Rodriguez (D)||14,389|
|Darren Scharf (G)||1,308|
|Majory Staehle Glowka (L)||1,793|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Rodriguez raised a total of $129,33 in 2010. Below are Rodriguez's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Texas Optometric Association||$3,000|
In the 2008 election, Rodriguez raised a total of $92,128.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Brown McCarroll LLP||$3,000|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||$3,000|
In the 2006 election, Rodriguez raised a total of $50,034. 
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|BG Distribution Partners||$1,500|
|Glazer, R L||$1,500|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||$1,500|
|Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas||$1,350|
In the 2004 election, Rodriguez raised a total of $58,527. 
His five largest contributors in 2004 were:
|AOL Time Warner||$2,500|
|Texas Classroom Teachers Association||$1,500|
|8 Donors, Each Donating $1,000||$1,000|
In the 2002 election, Rodriguez raised a total of $113,017. 
His five largest contributors in 2002 were:
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." Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Eddie Rodriguez received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Eddie Rodriguez's campaign campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Rodriguez
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Follow the Money, Campaign Contributions: 2010 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Texas State Directory profile
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas Political Almanac profile
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Mexican American Legislative Caucus profile
- Eddie Rodriguez on Facebook
- Electronic communication with Eddie Rodriguez Campaign, August 27, 2012
- Austin American-Statesman, "State Rep. Rodriguez Charged With DWI," March 20, 2010
- Rep. Eddie Rodriguez DWI Case Dismissed," October 22, 2010
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Rodriguez
- Eddie Rodriguez About
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Rodriguez Issue Positions
- Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information
- Texas Secretary of State Election History
- Official Texas Election Results
- Texas House official election results for 2008
- District 51 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Texas House official election results for 2006
- District 12 Texas House candidate funds, 2006
- Texas House official election results for 2004
- District 51 Texas House candidate funds, 2004
- Texas House official election results for 2002
- District 51 Texas House candidate funds, 2002
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2006 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2004 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2002 Campaign contributions
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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