Representative Eddie Rodriguez has represented HD-51 since 2003 and currently serves on the House Committees on Business & Industry and Economic & Small Business Development.
Eddie was born in McAllen, Texas, leaving home to be the first in his family to attend college. He received his B.A. in Government from the University of Texas in 1995 and received his law degree from University of Texas School of Law in 2008.
Eddie’s legislative agenda includes bills to address public and higher education, regional transportation and economic development, job creation and workforce training, hunger and nutrition, affordable housing and neighborhood preservation, environmental conservation and renewable energy, public safety, health and human services, civil rights and equal opportunities for all Texans. He counts as his legislative accomplishments authoring legislation that relates to the establishment the state's Homestead Preservation District and the National School Breakfast Program. He has also filed bills that allow the Austin police and fire retirement systems to join the Proportionate Retirement Program and created the Person with Permanent Disability Home Loan Program.
He is founder and Chair of the Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus, Vice-Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and an active member of the House Democratic Caucus and the Legislative Study Group. Eddie serves on the boards of Austin Habitat for Humanity, Urban Roots, the Alliance for Public Transportation, the City of Austin's Working Group on Sustainable Development, ZACH Theatre, the Economic Growth Business Incubator, and the Anti-Defamation League-Austin Chapter. He is President Emeritus of Austin Pets Alive!, which provides humane education and programs to stop to the killing of companion animals.