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November 28, 2011 (512) 680-8438


AUSTIN, Texas (November 28, 2011) – State Representative Eddie Rodriguez filed papers today at the Travis County Democratic Party in Austin to run for re-election to Texas House District 51 in Travis County. Rep. Rodriguez is running for his sixth term.

“House Democrats have never faced more of a challenge than now, during this period of Republican Supermajority,” Rodriguez said. “While tea party radicals are advancing their agenda to cut school funding, fire teachers and bloat classroom size, to slash services for the poor and elderly, and to disenfranchise voters in every corner of the state, Democrats cannot run from the battle. I’m returning to the Texas House to stand up for what is right and to make sure the interests of ALL Texans are represented.

Rep. Rodriguez, a five-term Austin Democrat, was first elected to the Legislature in 2002 and serves today on the House Committee on Calendars, the Committee on Transportation and the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and as a member of the House Democratic Caucus, the Legislative Study Group, the Legislative Clean-Air Caucus and the House Environmental Caucus.

He was appointed by the Texas House Speaker to The Energy Council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that assists in the creation of federal and state public policy on energy.

He is the immediate past Chairman of Austin Pets Alive! He currently serves on the boards of ZACH Theater, the Economic Growth Business Incubator, Austin Habitat for Humanity, the Anti-Defamation League-Austin Chapter, and the Alliance for Public Transportation.

Eddie was born on July 1, 1971 in McAllen, Texas. He graduated from McAllen Memorial High School, and studied two years at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio before earning is B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. He earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin in 2008.

District 51 encompasses much of East and South Austin and includes Southeast Travis County to the Hays, Caldwell, and Bastrop County lines.