Senator Rodney Ellis was elected to the Texas Senate in 1990. During his tenure, he has earned praise as a leader on economic development, education, civil rights, responsible environmental policy, tax cuts for the middle class, and criminal justice issues, having passed over 500 bills.

Senator Ellis is the proud founder of the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP). Since TLIP’s inception, it has become the largest legislative internship program in the state and has provided over 500 young people the opportunity to develop hands-on skills while making a difference in Texas politics and public policy. Three former TLIP participants are current members of the Texas House of Representatives.

Senator Ellis is the current Chairman of the Senate Committee on Open Government, which looks at measures to improve the transparency of state government. He also sits on the Senate State Affairs, Natural Resources, and Transportation Committees. In previous sessions, he has chaired the Senate Finance, Jurisprudence, Intergovernmental Relations, and Government Organization Committees.

Senator Ellis currently serves on the board of the University of Texas School of Law Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Board of Directors, the board of the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation, and the board Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. He also chairs the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project, Inc. of New York, and co-chairs the Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change, and the Environment.

Before his election to the Texas Senate, Senator Ellis served three terms as a member of the Houston City Council and as chief of staff to the late U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland. He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Southern University, a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Ellis also studied at Xavier University of New Orleans and the London School of Economics.

Rodney Ellis is married to Licia Green-Ellis and has four children.

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