José Rodríguez

José Rodríguez A strong, effective voice for El Paso and the Trans Pecos: Senator José Rodríguez, Texas Senate District 29 José Rodríguez was elected in 2010 to represent Texas Senate District 29 (SD 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. 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, improving public safety, enhancing legal services to protect vulnerable citizens, 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 more than 150 bills during his three sessions in the Texas Senate. This includes legislation addressing education, health care, economic development, renewable energy, criminal justice reform, 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 the 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, the "2015 TABE Joe J. Bernal Community Service Honoree" by the Texas Association for Bilingual Education, and the Texas Hospital Association's "Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute" in recognition of "Outstanding Legislative Leadership on Health Care Issues." Rodríguez currently serves as the Chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC), and as a member of the Senate Committees on Education, Health & Human Services, Nominations, Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs. Prior to leading the SDC, he served as the Chairman of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus for nearly two years. In addition, Sen. Rodríguez serves as one of only five U.S. Presidential appointees on the 10-member Board of Directors of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission-North American Development Bank (BECC-NADB), which has distributed $2.6 billion in loans and grants for over 200 BECC-certified infrastructure projects on both sides of the border. He is also a long-time member of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Board of Directors; and the current Chairman of the Border Legislative Conference (BLC), which is a joint program of the Council of State Governments (CSG) West and its regional partner in the South, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), and comprised of legislators from the 10 American and Mexican states bordering the U.S.-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. The first in his family to attend college, he received his undergraduate degree from Pan American University in 1971 and his law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1974. Since 1983, Sen. Rodríguez and his family have made their home in El Paso, where they have been deeply involved in civic, economic development, and human rights activities.

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On Jan. 12, at high noon, I officially vacated my seat in the Texas Senate after 10 years of service. My voluntary retir...
02/09/2021
Reflections and perspectives on the 87th Legislature: Sen. José Rodríguez

On Jan. 12, at high noon, I officially vacated my seat in the Texas Senate after 10 years of service. My voluntary retirement comes after almost 45 years of public service in various roles in the Federal Government and Farmworker Legal Services, and as El Paso County Attorney and Texas State Senator. Throughout my career, I have been blessed with support from my family, especially my wife Carmen, a pillar of patience, encouragement, and inspiration for the last 37 years. I served almost 30 of those years as your County Attorney and State Senator, and for that, I’m indebted to you and the people of El Paso and SD 29, who bestowed on me the honor and privilege of serving my community and the State of Texas.

I did not serve alone. Whatever I accomplished in the Senate is shared with my Senate Staff, especially my Chief of Staff Sushma Jasti Smith, and District Director Sito Negron, without whose dedication and hard work I could not successfully achieve our mission. Thanks also to those of you who served in the SD 29 Citizen Advisory Committees, which provided us with input on legislation. I also appreciate every citizen who voted for me or not and gave me advice, feedback, or criticism, and thereby made me a better public servant. And finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize and thank all the public elected and appointed officials with whom I worked to make Texas a better place.

I leave the elected official arena but I remain committed to the good fight for change to improve people’s lives and make this world a better place for everyone. I hope to see you there with me!

Reflections and perspectives on the 87th Legislature: Sen. José Rodríguez

I was asked why, on my last day as Senator, I stood with Border Network for Human Rights to tell the president he was no...
01/13/2021
Man hurling racial slurs at immigrants disrupts anti-Trump border wall protest in El Paso - KVIA

I was asked why, on my last day as Senator, I stood with Border Network for Human Rights to tell the president he was not welcome on the border. He incites people, as happened today here. After everything he has done - family separation, lies about immigrants that led to a massacre in #ElPaso, lies about the election that led to violence and death at the Capitol - he is #notwelcome

https://t.co/cjckCFWNcl?amp=1

Down at Chihuahuita Park, just off Santa Fe Street a peaceful assembly of people protesting against President Trump’s visit to Texas was briefly interrupted by this man who began yelling racial slurs at the crowd and starting fights. Strong language warning! @abc7breaking pic.twitter.com/3yTtJeBLl...

For folks in the Big Bend Region, here are some upcoming COVID-19 testing dates and locations. Testing is integral to co...
01/04/2021

For folks in the Big Bend Region, here are some upcoming COVID-19 testing dates and locations. Testing is integral to combating spread of the virus and I hope residents in these communities will take advantage of the opportunity to get tested.

Conditions remain treacherous across many counties in West Texas, including parts of SD29. Travel is highly discouraged ...
12/31/2020

Conditions remain treacherous across many counties in West Texas, including parts of SD29. Travel is highly discouraged due to dangerous conditions. Stay safe this New Year’s Eve!

TONIGHT: DON'T travel if you are in the red shaded area! Roads are extremely hazardous and packed down with snow & ice. Celebrate the New Year at home!

Important information from the Texas Department of State Health Services on COVID-19 vaccine availability.
12/30/2020

Important information from the Texas Department of State Health Services on COVID-19 vaccine availability.

Are you 65 or older or have a medical condition that increases your risk of COVID-19 hospitalization or death? If so, you can now get the COVID-19 vaccine depending on local availability.

To get a vaccine, use our online map of #COVID19TX vaccine providers to find and call one near you. Map: https://bit.ly/2WSDFZ2

Some providers may not have vaccines available for you yet. We appreciate the urgency Texans have to get vaccinated but we ask folks to be patient. Vaccine supply is limited but providers receive more vaccines each week. It will take some time to vaccinate everyone in these priority groups.

Learn more about who can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas: https://bit.ly/3hsQKlo

For all Texas COVID-19 vaccine information, go to dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Prosperous New Year. ¡Felices Fiestas! ☃️🎄
12/25/2020

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Prosperous New Year. ¡Felices Fiestas! ☃️🎄

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has announced the termination date for the state vehicle registration and inspect...
12/16/2020
COVID-19 Waivers Of Texas Vehicle Title & Registration Requirements Coming To An End In 2021

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has announced the termination date for the state vehicle registration and inspection waiver currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expired registrations must be renewed by April 14, 2021. More info below 👇👇👇

While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the number of people on Texas roadways drivers will soon need to make sure their vehicle title and registration is current to avoid being cited.

The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously rejected the latest desperate attempt to invalidate millions of votes...
12/12/2020
Supreme Court Shuts Door On Trump Election Prospects

The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously rejected the latest desperate attempt to invalidate millions of votes cast in the presidential election. Time to move on.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued four states that Joe Biden won, claiming their changes to election procedures during the pandemic violated federal law.

Presidio and Brewster counties, home to Marfa and Big Bend, along with nearby Culberson County, lead the state in cases ...
12/04/2020
Coronavirus is ablaze in West Texas as tourists flock to Big Bend and Marfa. Hospitals are running out of overflow options.

Presidio and Brewster counties, home to Marfa and Big Bend, along with nearby Culberson County, lead the state in cases per 1,000 residents in the last two weeks. In fact, all of West Texas, including Jeff Davis, Hudspeth and El Paso counties, is ablaze with increasing COVID-19 cases and low on hospital beds.

Presidio and Brewster counties, home to the popular tourist destinations, along with nearby Culberson County, lead the state in cases per 1,000 residents in the last two weeks. All of West Texas is dealing with increasing COVID-19 cases while low on hospital beds.

With more holidays around the corner and COVID-19 impacting families across El Paso, it's important to know what resourc...
11/30/2020

With more holidays around the corner and COVID-19 impacting families across El Paso, it's important to know what resources are available. Learn more about the application and eligibility process for utility, rent/mortgage assistance and more at Project BRAVO, our local Community Action Agency! #COVID19 #ElPasoStrong
RSVP via email at [email protected].

El Paso is grateful for all those who have traveled to our region from near and far to support our community during the ...
11/30/2020

El Paso is grateful for all those who have traveled to our region from near and far to support our community during the recent pandemic surge. Thank you for your efforts!

5 of the 7 Houston firefighters deployed to El Paso’s Covid-19 crisis returned today. The other 2 members will continue to assist the City of El Paso at their Emergency Operations Center.

Today, I'm thankful for our dedicated healthcare workers, passionate educators, and committed essential workforce. While...
11/26/2020

Today, I'm thankful for our dedicated healthcare workers, passionate educators, and committed essential workforce. While our celebrations may look different this year, I hope your holiday is filled with warmth. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at #TeamJose.

#ICYMI Last week, I moderated a panel discussion with Equality Texas and PFLAG on expectations for the upcoming legislat...
11/23/2020
LGBTQ town hall hears concerns about ‘legislative attacks’ on equality - The Monitor

#ICYMI Last week, I moderated a panel discussion with Equality Texas and PFLAG on expectations for the upcoming legislative session, particularly on the front of trans rights and equality. Thank you to both organizations for the opportunity to lead this important discussion! You can read in this story from the The Monitor.

Adamalis Vigil spoke about her daughter’s experience as a transgender girl in the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday during “Legislative Attacks: Protecting Texas LGBTQ+ Youth in the 2021 Session,” a town hall hosted by Equality Texas and PFLAG. Moderated by state Sen. José Rodriguez, D-El Paso, t...

The City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government is offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to the community. See the p...
11/19/2020

The City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government is offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to the community. See the post below for more information and to set up an appointment.

The City of El Paso Public Health Department is offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to the community.

The free COVID-19 antibody testing, also known as the serology test, is a blood test that checks for specific proteins called Immunoglobulin that the body produces to protect us from infectious diseases. Individuals who have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 will typically produce IgG antibodies within 2 or 3 weeks after exposure or disease as part of the immune response to the virus.

This type of COVID-19 test DOES NOT detect current infection and it is best used by Public Health to assess the community for individuals who may have had COVID-19 but did not get tested because they declined or did not have symptoms.

The antibody testing service is available by appointment only; those seeking to get tested can do so by registering at EPStrong.org under the testing tab to fill out the COVID-19 Antibody Testing Form.

Residents who have tested COVID-19 positive and have recovered from the virus are urged to consider donating plasma to help our community. The objective is to provide patients who have severe cases of the disease with a transfusion of the plasma that contains COVID-19 antibodies which may help them overcome their illness.

Donations can be made via Vitalant, the nonprofit community blood service provider, which is working with hospitals to collect, process and distribute the plasma for treatment in patients with active, serious COVID-19 infections.

Donors must have a prior laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19, either by a positive swab test OR a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. They must also have no symptoms for at least 28 days and meet all other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation.

More information and the plasma donor questionnaire can be found at: learn.vitalant.org/ convalescentplasma. Potential donors who have questions may call 866-CV-PLSMA (866-287-5762).

For more information on Vitalant and convalescent blood transfusions visit: vitalant.org/covidFree

11/17/2020
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Meeting at 7 p.m. tonight regarding the Newman 6 power plant proposal.

As we look to the future of energy, the community deserves to hear directly from EPE and TCEQ regarding the need for another fossil-fueled power plant. This meeting is one opportunity for that discussion. Climate change is real, and El Paso, the Sun City, should be a leader in promoting clean energy.

The meeting will include presentations by TCEQ and EPE, followed by an "informal" question and answer period and then by a "formal" comment period. Comments made during the "formal" period will be summarized and answered in writing by the agency. More information on the meeting procedure can be found here:https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/comm_exec/pm-ph/notices/2020/2020-11-17-el-paso-electric-company-1467-psdtx1090m1-n284-ghgpsdtx199-pm-agenda.pdf

Written comments may be submitted before and during the meeting at this link: https://www14.tceq.texas.gov/epic/eComment/

To join the meeting, go to https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar and click the “Join Webinar” button. Enter the webinar ID 143-437-923.

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11/17/2020

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The current state of COVID-19 in our community is not sustainable. Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are exhausted as ...
11/17/2020
El Paso hospital official says care is being rationed as county judge rallies support for shutdown during COVID-19 crisis

The current state of COVID-19 in our community is not sustainable. Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are exhausted as hospitals continue to battle the virus surge. I can't impress on my constituents enough how dire our situation is in El Paso. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Socially distance. Stay home.

EL PASO — Determined to move forward after a courtroom defeat for his stay-at-home order, the county judge here has joined with health care officials to...

Regardless of whether our elected officials have the ability to enact life-saving measures or not, we have an obligation...
11/14/2020
Slowing COVID-19 spread is only way to fix El Paso’s hospital crisis, emergency medicine expert says - El Paso Matters

Regardless of whether our elected officials have the ability to enact life-saving measures or not, we have an obligation to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and avoid gatherings of multiple households.

As El Paso’s COVID-19 crisis continues, an emergency medicine expert warns hospitals may run out of space to treat those affected by the pandemic. State

El Paso County has issued Order No. 14, effective until 12:00 a.m., Dec. 1.- All residents are ordered to stay at home u...
11/12/2020

El Paso County has issued Order No. 14, effective until 12:00 a.m., Dec. 1.

- All residents are ordered to stay at home unless providing or accessing essential services.
- A county-wide curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
- All non-essential businesses must remain closed, including hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms, massage parlors, and in-person dining at restaurants.
- Restaurants may only provide take-out and delivery.
- All public and private gatherings of people not in the same household are prohibited.
- Essential businesses permitted to continue operating include grocery stores, schools that provide meals, child care facilities, funeral services, health care facilities, pharmacies, governmental operations, post offices, and other businesses as defined in the order.

I applaud the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to not intervene in this case as we await the appeals court ruling. As COVI...
11/11/2020
Texas Supreme Court declines to grant emergency order against Samaniego’s shutdown mandate - KVIA

I applaud the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to not intervene in this case as we await the appeals court ruling. As COVID-19 continues to ravage through the borderland, local officials should have the latitude to enact measures that will save lives and relieve the stress on health care resources.

EL PASO, Texas -- The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant an emergency order halting El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego's mandated shutdown involving non-essential businesses to stem the surge of Covid-19. The state's top court said the Texas attorney general and local restaurant o...

Today, we collectively honor our veterans for their selfless service to our nation. Thank you to all those who have have...
11/11/2020

Today, we collectively honor our veterans for their selfless service to our nation. Thank you to all those who have have fought to protect and uphold our constitutional freedoms. Happy Veterans Day!

Congratulations to our next President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris! A historic win with 74+ million votes ...
11/07/2020
Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided US

Congratulations to our next President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris! A historic win with 74+ million votes -- more votes than any presidential candidate in American history -- and the first woman and person of color elected VP

“It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said. “There’s nothing we can’t do if we do it together.”

#bidenharris2020 #democracy #election2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by a historic...

TEXAS SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS WELCOMES NEW MEMBERSAustin, TX – The following statement was released by Senator Carol Al...
11/04/2020

TEXAS SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

Austin, TX – The following statement was released by Senator Carol Alvarado, Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus::

We proudly welcome the newest members of the Texas Senate: Senators-elect Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) and Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso). As highly effective former state representatives, both bring stellar legislative experience to the Senate and exemplary records of fighting for Texas’ working families.

Our caucus looks forward to working with them to advance our legislative initiatives to improve the lives of everyday Texans, including greater access to health care, enhancing equity in public education, economic growth and workforce development, and promoting civil rights and criminal justice reforms.

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The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus members are Senators Carol Alvarado, Houston (Chair); Nathan Johnson, Dallas (Vice Chair); John Whitmire, Houston; Judith Zaffirini, Laredo; Eddie Lucio Jr., Brownsville; Royce West, Dallas; Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, McAllen; José Rodríguez, El Paso; José Menéndez, San Antonio; Borris Miles, Houston; Beverly Powell, Burleson; and Sarah Eckhardt, Austin.

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