Personal Profile

Full Name Kevin P. Eltife
Age 59
Hometown Tyler
Race White
Occupation Businessman
Education B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin
Spouse: Kelly

Kevin P. Eltife is the Texas State Senator for District , first elected in 2004.

He is serving as the chair of the Business & Commerce Committee. He also chairs the Select Committee on Government Facilities. He also sits on the Administration and Finance committees. He previously served on the Administration Business & Commerce, Economic Development, Finance, and Natural Resources committees. He has also served on the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight, Economic Development, Nominations, Government Organization, Health and Human Services, and International Relations and Trade committees.

Eltife is the the owner of Eltife Properties. He previously served three terms on the city council for the City of Tyler and later as the city’s mayor.

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 and his wife, Kelly, have two sons Walker and Jack.

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