Personal Profile

Full Name Rodney Ellis
Age 64
Hometown Houston
Race Black
Occupation Partner - Rice Financial Products Company; Shareholder - The Tagos Group; Of Counsel - Reaud, Morgan, & Quinn
Education B.A., Texas Southern University; M.P.A., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., University of Texas at Austin
Spouse: Licia Green Ellis

Rodney Ellis is the Texas State Senator for District 13, first elected in 1990.

He is serving as the vice chair of the State Affairs Committee. He also sits on the Business & Commerce and Transportation committees. He previously served as the chair of the Open Government Committee. He also sat on the Senate State Affairs, Natural Resources, and Transportation Committees.

His legislative focus includes economic development, education, civil rights, responsible environmental policy, tax cuts for the middle class and criminal justice issues.

Ellis is the founder of the Texas Legislative Internship Program. Since program'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 participants are current members of the Texas House of Representatives.

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.

He 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, 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.

Ellis and his wife, Licia Green-Ellis, have four children.

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