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Rep. Rodriguez, Eddie

District 51

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Capitol Address:

Room 4S.5

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0674

(512) 463-0314 Fax

District Address:

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0674

(512) 463-5896 Fax

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Travis (part)

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Biography

Rep. Rodriguez was first elected to the State Legislature in 2002. He was re-elected in November 2018 to his eight term as the Representative for District 51, serving Central, East and Southeast Austin, and Southeast Travis County. He is the Dean, or senior member, of the Travis County delegation.

Rep. Rodriguez serves on the House Committees on Calendars, State Affairs and Ways & Means in the 86th Legislative Session. He is co-founder and Chair of the Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus, Policy Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and an active member of the House Women’s Caucus, the House Democratic Caucus and the Legislative Study Group.

Rep. Rodriguez was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, where he graduated from McAllen Memorial High School. He was the first of his family to attend college. He studied Government at The University of Texas at Austin, and earned his law degree in 2008 from The University of Texas School of Law. Prior to his election, he served as chief of staff to Rep. Glen Maxey and as Executive Director of the Travis County Democratic Party.

As representative of a district uniquely threatened by involuntary displacement, affordability is Rep. Rodriguez’s foremost legislative priority. He has also worked extensively on issues related to economic development & job creation, public education, voting rights, nutrition & hunger, gun safety, protecting the environment and ensuring that all Texans have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Some of his proudest legislative accomplishments include giving Texas cities the ability to create “Homestead Preservation Districts” (an affordable housing tool), expanding the National School Breakfast Program to feed an additional 700,000 hungry Texas children and removing the cap on the number of dual credit courses that high school students can take to help them be better prepared for college and the workforce.

Rep. Rodriguez was chosen to be MALC’s first-ever Policy Chair in the 85th Legislative Session after serving three terms as Vice Chair. In this capacity, he played a key role in MALC’s fight against SB 4, represented the caucus when the Texas redistricting cases came before the Supreme Court of the United States in April 2018, and was an outspoken advocate for migrant children and their families in the 2018 family separation crisis. Currently, he leads the policy committee formed to investigate the recent “purging” of Texas voter rolls and serves as a watchdog on voter suppression by the state government.
In his role as founding Chair of the Farm-to-Table Caucus, Rep. Rodriguez has passed legislation including the Texas Cottage Food Law, Texas Farmers Market Bill and DSHS Better Communications Bill to support small farmers, ranchers, and other food producers while increasing access to healthy, local food for all Texans.

Rep. Rodriguez is deeply involved with the community as an advisor to local nonprofits and as a mentor to young professionals who aspire to run for elected office. He has served on the boards of the Alliance for Public Transportation, Austin Habitat for Humanity, Austin Pets Alive!, Capital Area Council of Governments, Economic Growth Business Incubator, Anti-Defamation League-Austin Chapter, Urban Roots, and City of Austin’s Working Group on Sustainable Development.

Rep. Rodriguez works as Vice-President for Commercial Business Development at Capstone Title in Austin, where his firm assures title for residential and commercial properties. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Christine, son Jack and daughter Sophie. He is an avid runner and foodie and can often be seen on the trail or at local farm-to-table restaurants.

Eddie fue elegido a la Legislatura Estatal por primera vez en el 2002. Fue reelegido en noviembre de 2014 para su séptimo período como representante del Distrito 51, que presta sus servicios a la parte este de Austin y al sureste del condado de Travis.

Eddie forma parte de los Comités de la Cámara de Desarrollo Económico y de la Pequeña Empresa y de Regulación Ambiental. Fue también fundador y presidente del Bloque en pro de Productos de la Granja a la Mesa de la Cámara de Texas, presidente del Bloque del YMCA, vicepresidente del Bloque Legislativo Mexicoamericano y miembro activo del Bloque Demócrata de la Cámara y el Grupo de Estudio Legislativo.

Eddie nació y se crió en el Valle del Río Grande, donde se graduó de la Escuela Secundaria McAllen Memorial. Estudió en la Universidad de Texas en Austin y obtuvo su diploma en Derecho en el 2008 de la Facultad de Derecho de esta misma universidad. Antes de ser elegido, fue jefe de personal del representante Glen Maxey y director ejecutivo del Partido Democrático del Condado de Travis.

La agenda legislativa de Eddie ha abordado el desarrollo económico y la creación de empleo, la vivienda, la educación, el hambre y la nutrición, la salud y los servicios sociales así como temas ambientales. Algunos de sus logros legislativos incluyen la autoría de la legislación relacionada con el establecimiento del Distrito de Preservación de Hogares del estado y el Programa Nacional de Desayunos Escolares. En su función como presidente del Bloque en pro de Productos de la Granja a la Mesa, Rodríguez ha aprobado otras legislaciones como la Ley sobre Alimentos Rurales, que promueve las economías locales basadas en las granjas y el acceso a alimentos saludables para todos los texanos.

Eddie forma parte de las juntas directivas de Capital Area Council of Governments, Urban Roots, Alliance for Public Transportation, Grupo de Trabajo de la Ciudad de Austin sobre Desarrollo Sostenible, Economic Growth Business Incubator y la Liga Antidefamación, división de Austin. Anteriormente, también fue parte de la Junta Directiva de Austin Pets Alive! y Austin Habitat for Humanity.

En su tiempo libre, Eddie disfruta pasando el tiempo con su esposa, Christine, su hijo Jack y su hija Sophie. Es un entusiasta corredor y conocedor de la buena mesa, y con frecuencia se le puede ver en las pistas para corredores o en los restaurantes locales que venden productos de la granja la mesa.

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