First elected in 2002, Representative Eddie Rodriguez currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Transportation Funding, on the Public Safety Committee and the Technology, Economic Development and Workforce Committee.
Eddie was born in McAllen, Texas, leaving home to be the first in his family to attend college. He received his B.A. in Government from the University of Texas in 1995 and received his law degree from University of Texas School of Law in 2008.
Eddie’s legislative focus is on regional transportation, affordable housing, health and human services and the promotion of renewable and sustainable energy as part of a statewide approach to improving environmental quality and creating economic development opportunities for Texas.
Some of Eddie’s significant legislative successes, thus far, include the passage of bills and amendments relating to: the establishment of the State’s first Homestead Preservation District; automatic homestead exemptions for individuals who are elderly or disabled; the National School Breakfast Program; youth with disabilities who are transitioning out of secondary school to adult activities and services; and the ability of the Austin police and fire retirement systems to join the Proportionate Retirement Program.
Eddie is a member of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the Democratic Caucus, the Legislative Study Group (which is a coalition of moderate and progressive legislators who are dedicated to open and responsive government), the Clean Energy Caucus, the Air Quality Caucus, the Environmental Caucus, the Manufacturer’s Caucus, and the Women’s Health Caucus.
Eddie is the Board Chair of Austin Pets Alive!, whose goal is to promote and provide resources for education and programs, such as spay/neuter, that will put an end to the killing of companion animals in Austin. He also serves on the boards of directors of several other organizations including: Alliance for Public Transportation (APT), whose mission is to promote regional public transportation in Central Texas; Hispanic Technology Institute of Austin (HTIA), whose focus is to develop and improve the economic conditions in Austin by providing technology and training to small business and the community; the Anti-Defamation League, whose focus is on fighting hatred and encouraging respect, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the community; Habitat for Humanity, whose vision is to eliminate poverty housing through the power of home ownership; and Zachary Scott Theater, one of Austin’s exciting and innovative arts organizations and Central Texas’ oldest professional theatre.