Representative Eddie Rodriguez has represented HD-51 since 2003 and currently serves on the House Public Safety, Technology, and Economic Development and Workforce committees. 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.
Rodriguez cites as his legislative focus issues concerning regional transportation, affordable housing, health and human services and the promotion of renewable and sustainable energy.
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 that created the Person with Permanent Disability Home Loan Program.
He is a member of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the Democratic Caucus, the Legislative Study Group, the Clean Energy Caucus, the Air Quality Caucus, the Environmental Caucus, the Manufacturer's Caucus, and the Women's Health Caucus.
Additionally, he is a member of the Alliance for Public Transportation, the Hispanic Technology Institute of Austin, the Anti-Defamation League, and Austin Pets Alive.