Personal Profile

Full Name José R. Rodríguez
Age 69
Hometown El Paso
Race Hispanic
Occupation Attorney
Education B.A., Pan American University; J.D., George Washington University
Spouse: Carmen

José Rodríguez is the Texas State Senator for District 29, first elected in 2010.

He is serving on the Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs, Education, Health & Human Services, Nominations and the Veteran Affairs & Military Installations committees.

As a freshman legislator, he was named "Freshman MVP" by the highly regarded online publication, Capitol Inside.

Immediately prior to his service in the Texas Senate, Senator Rodríguez served as the El Paso County Attorney for 17 years, where he established an unequaled record of achievement, enhancing legal services to protect vulnerable citizens and prevent crime, increasing County revenues and funding for jobs and economic development, and strengthening community health and environmental quality. Rodríguez now works as an attorney.

Rodríguez began his legal career as a staff attorney with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. He practiced law with the firm of Rodriguez, Lewis & Collins and worked for 10 years as a staff attorney and director of the farm worker program of Texas Rural Legal Aid, Inc, a statewide legal services program.

Rodríguez graduated from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas and received his law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University.

He is the son of migrant farm workers, born in Alice, Texas, and from an early age worked in fields throughout the country to help support a family of nine. He and his family settled El Paso in 1983.

Information in this bio was provided by Rodríguez's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.