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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Rodney Ellis''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Texas State Senate]], representing District 13 in East Texas, including parts of the city of Houston and Fort Bend County.
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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Rodney Ellis''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Texas State Senate]], representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 1990.
 
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He is credited with creating the Texas Legislative Internship Program and has said that working with legislative interns is one of his biggest accomplishments. <ref>[http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6360280.html ''Houston Chronicle'', "Sen. Rodney Ellis is known for pushing long-shots and keeping at it until they ripen", April 2009]</ref>
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==Education and career==
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==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 (MPA) from the University of Texas. He studied at the London School of Economics and earned his JD from the University of Texas.
 
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 (MPA) from the University of Texas. He studied at the London School of Economics and earned his JD from the University of Texas.
  
 
Ellis has worked as an attorney and investment banker. He is a partner with Rice Financial Products Company.
 
Ellis has worked as an attorney and investment banker. He is a partner with Rice Financial Products Company.
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==Committee assignments==
 
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Ellis served on the following [[Texas State Senate|Texas Senate]] committees:
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==Issues==
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===Intern program===
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Ellis is credited with creating the Texas Legislative Internship Program and has said that working with legislative interns is one of his biggest accomplishments.<ref>[http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6360280.html ''Houston Chronicle'', "Sen. Rodney Ellis is known for pushing long-shots and keeping at it until they ripen", April 2009]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
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Ellis ran in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information]</ref>
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Ellis ran in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information]</ref>
  
 
===2010===
 
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===2006===
 
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In 2006, a year in which Ellis was up for re-election, he collected $532,709 in donations. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=80886 2006 contributions to Rodney Ellis]</ref>
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In 2006, a year in which Ellis was up for re-election, he collected $532,709 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=80886 2006 contributions to Rodney Ellis]</ref>
  
 
His four largest contributors in 2006 were:
 
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===2002===
 
===2002===
  
In 2002, a year in which Ellis was up for re-election, he collected $470,250 in donations. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=6292 2002 contributions to Rodney Ellis]</ref>
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In 2002, a year in which Ellis was up for re-election, he collected $470,250 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=6292 2002 contributions to Rodney Ellis]</ref>
  
 
His four largest contributors in 2002 were:
 
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==Controversies==
 
 
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 Web site Texas Watchdog reported that Ellis' firm stands to make tens of thousands of dollars from the deal. <ref>[http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2009/03/state-sen-rodney-ellis%e2%80%99-private-firm-stands-to-profit-from-bond-package-he-championed-for-houston-independent-school-district/ ''Texas Watchdog'', "Private firm stands to profit from bond package"]</ref>
 
 
And in 2008, Ellis stayed at a $495-per-night Ritz-Carlton in Manhattan while attending a conference. 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. <ref>[http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2009/11/texas-state-senators-travel-in-style-taxpayer-money-used-for-luxury-hotels-private-planes/ Texas Watchdog story]</ref>
 
  
 
==Scorecards==
 
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==Personal==
 
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Ellis and his wife, Licia Green Ellis, have four children.
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==Controversies==
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===Support for bill helping his company===
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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. <ref>[http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2009/03/state-sen-rodney-ellis%e2%80%99-private-firm-stands-to-profit-from-bond-package-he-championed-for-houston-independent-school-district/ ''Texas Watchdog'', "Private firm stands to profit from bond package"]</ref>
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===Expensive hotel stays===
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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. <ref>[http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2009/11/texas-state-senators-travel-in-style-taxpayer-money-used-for-luxury-hotels-private-planes/ Texas Watchdog story]</ref>
  
Ellis is married to Licia Green Ellis and has four children.
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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 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 (MPA) from the University of Texas. He studied at the London School of Economics and earned his JD 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

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Ellis raised a total of $437,454 in 2010. Below are his top campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[6]

Contributor 2010 total
Perry, Bob J. $25,000
Friends of The University of Houston $11,000
5 separate donors each donating: $10,000

2006

In 2006, a year in which Ellis was up for re-election, he collected $532,709 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Association of Mortgage Attorneys $25,000
Robert Perry $22,500
Charles Duncan $12,500
BG Distribution Partners $10,000

2002

In 2002, a year in which Ellis was up for re-election, he collected $470,250 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2002 were:

Donor Amount
Keep Hope Alive $10,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $10,000
Perry, Bob J. and Doylene $7,500
Devlin, Robert $7,500

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

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. [10]

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. [11]

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