Representative Elliott Naishtat is an attorney and adjunct assistant professor of social work at St. Edward's University in Austin. A New York native who has lived in Texas for 35 years, Naishtat was first elected to represent HD-49 seat in 1990. He has been reelected eight times and serves as a member of the House Human Services and County Affairs committees. He is a founding board member of the House Progressive Caucus.
Naishtat includes on his list of legislative accomplishments the Braille Literacy Act of 1991, Landlord-Tenant Security Devices Act of 1993, Indoor Air Quality Act of 1995, Nursing Home Reform Act of 1997, Newborn Hearing Screening Act of 1999, Medicaid Simplification Act of 2001, Mold Remediator Licensure Act of 2003, Child Protective Services Act of 2005, and Seniors' Property Tax Relief Act of 2007.
In his nine sessions in the Texas House, Naishtat has passed more than 160 bills. He served as a VISTA volunteer in Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty before moving to Austin and earning a master’s degree in Social Work and a law degree from The University of Texas.
Naishtat also served as staff counsel for former Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos before entering private law practice. He also served as chairman of Austin's Community Development Commission and directed the U.T. School of Social Work's Legislative Training Program.
Naishtat has been honored by the AARP, American Foundation for the Blind, American Cancer Society, People First!, Common Cause, Sierra Club, Texas Council on Family Violence, the Texas Public Health Association, Texas Freedom Network, and Texas Legal Services Center.
In 2002 he received the “National Consumer Health Advocate Award” from Families USA and the “Public Elected Official of the Year Award” from the National Association of Social Workers in 1999. He has also been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Apartment Association, included on the “Ten Best Legislators” list by the State Bar Family Law Section, and been named as one of “Texas' Outstanding Public Servants” by the Consumers Union, Public Citizen, Gray Panthers, and Texas Citizen Action.