Senator Kevin P. Eltife, the owner of Eltife Properties, was sworn in to represent SD-1 in 2004. He previously served three terms on the city council for the City of Tyler and later as the city’s mayor.
He is the current chairman of the Senate Committee on Administration; Eltife also serves on the Business & Commerce, Economic Development, Finance, and Natural Resources committees.
Additional posts have included seats on the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight, Economic Development, Nominations, Government Organization, Health and Human Services, and International Relations and Trade committees.
He was appointed by Gov. George Bush in 1997 to serve on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and has been recognized for his legislative efforts by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce one of the group’s “Five Outstanding Young Texans” in 1998.
Eltife received the "Freedom to Teach" award from the Association of Texas Professional Educators and was named a "Champion for Free Enterprise" in 2005 by the Texas Association of Business. In 2007, the Texas Municipal League named him "Legislator of the Year” and Texas Monthly recognized him for being "tough, pragmatic, independent . . . (and) a problem solver."
A Tyler native, Senator Eltife is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He is the owner of Eltife Properties and resides in Tyler with his wife, Kelly, and sons, Walker and Jack.