Senator José Rodríguez: District 29

Senator José Rodríguez

Occupation: Attorney
Education: Pan American University; George Washington University School of Law
Legislative Experience: Senate Member 2011 - present
Hometown: El Paso
Party: Democrat

José Rodríguez was elected in 2010 to represent Texas Senate District 29, which includes the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, and Presidio. He represents both urban and rural constituencies, and more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border.

The son of migrant farm workers, Sen. Rodríguez was born in Alice, Texas. From an early age, he worked in fields throughout the country to help support a family of nine. He and his family have made their home in El Paso since 1983 where they have been deeply involved in civic, economic development and human rights activities. Sen. Rodríguez graduated from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, where he served as student body president in 1971, and he received his law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1974.

Prior to his election to the Texas Senate, Sen. Rodríguez served as the El Paso County Attorney for 17 years, where he established an unparalleled record of achievement, enhancing legal services to protect vulnerable citizens and prevent juvenile crime, promoting education, increasing County revenues and funding for jobs and economic development, and strengthening community health and environmental quality.

That level of service to his community continues today as a member of the Texas State Senate. Sen. Rodríguez is a staunch advocate for those in need. He has proven himself an effective voice for SD 29, passing numerous pieces of legislation directly affecting the region as well as those with statewide impact.

Sen. Rodríguez has passed over 150 bills during his three sessions in the Texas Senate, including legislation that addresses issues related to education, health care, economic development, renewable energy, public safety and the courts, ethics and government transparency, and veterans. Of note, Sen. Rodríguez passed legislation transforming the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso from a branch of the Lubbock-based health sciences center to an independent, standalone university component of the Texas Tech University System as well as a series of bills to address cheating and accountability in standardized testing in our schools.

His hard work and tenacity on the Senate floor have gained him numerous accolades, including being named "Freshman MVP" by Capitol Inside, "Legislative Hero" by Texas Access to Justice Foundation, "Best of Senate" by the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, "Advocate of the Year, Elected Official" by Texas Association for Education of Young Children, "Texas Women's Health Champion" by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, "Champion of Equality" by Equality Texas, "Legislator of the Year" by the Family Law Foundation, "Senate Legislator of the Year" by Texas Nurse Practitioners, and the "2015 TABE Joe J. Bernal Community Service Honoree" by the Texas Association for Bilingual Education.

Sen. Rodríguez currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, and a member of the Senate Committees on Education, Health & Human Services, Nominations, Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs.



NewsletterFall 2013
Senator Rodríguez's Capitol Report for the 83rd Session (PDF)

NewsletterFall 2011
Senator Rodríguez's Capitol Report for the 82nd Session (PDF)


Press Room
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Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 19, 2015
Sen. Rodríguez: Solar energy benefits El Paso, EPE proposal does not
            (Attachment: Letter to the El Paso Mayor and City Council, PDF format)

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 13, 2015
Highest Court of the Land to Evaluate H.B. 2, Texas’s Harmful Health Care Restriction Bill

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 11, 2015
Senator Rodríguez's Statement on Veteran's Day

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 5, 2015
Sen. Rodríguez commends creation of UTEP School of Pharmacy

Icon: Press ReleaseOctober 29, 2015
State Sen. José Rodríguez to host Town Hall in Marfa

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Office Information

Capitol Address El Paso District Office
The Honorable Jose R. Rodriguez
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0129
100 N. Ochoa, Suite A
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 351-3500
(915) 351-3579 (fax)
Fabens District Office* Marfa District Office
206 S.E. 8th Street, Suite 201
Fabens, Texas 79838
*Please send mail to the El Paso office.
(915) 765-2000
(915) 764-1555 (fax)
Physical address:
300 W. Columbia St., Room 102
Marfa, Texas 79843

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1105
Marfa, TX 79843

(432) 729-4800
(432) 729-4803 (fax)


84th Session Committee Membership


District Analysis: District 29

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