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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#Election2020 is upon us. Take the right steps now to reduce any stress and anxiety that Super Tuesday may bring. Wishin...
11/02/2020
Don’t Give In to ‘Election Stress Disorder’

#Election2020 is upon us. Take the right steps now to reduce any stress and anxiety that Super Tuesday may bring. Wishing Election Day voters a safe and healthy polling experience tomorrow, and best wishes to all candidates on the ballot. #GoVoteEP

Voting day won’t bring an end to the strain of this political season, but you don’t have to let things get contentious.

Verónica Carbajal esta lista para luchar por usted. Es tiempo que la Ciudad trabaje por todas las familias trabajadoras ...
11/02/2020

Verónica Carbajal esta lista para luchar por usted. Es tiempo que la Ciudad trabaje por todas las familias trabajadoras y los contribuyentes. Es tiempo para dejar de subsidiar a empresarios millonarios. No a las injusticas de siempre.

¡Voten por el futuro de El Paso, Verónica Carbajal! Seleccione 190 en la boleta.

Verónica Carbajal is ready to fight for you. It is time for the City to work for all working families and taxpayers. It is time to stop subsidizing wealthy developers. No to business as usual.

Vote for the future of El Paso, Verónica Carbajal! Select 190 on your ballot.

State law gives County Judges the ability to take actions that support the health and safety of a community during emerg...
11/01/2020

State law gives County Judges the ability to take actions that support the health and safety of a community during emergencies. The pandemic has been declared an emergency by all levels of government, to include the state and the City of El Paso.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego took a lawful action to impose further restrictions on movement and activities in our community. I understand that the Texas Attorney General and others dispute this action, and the Attorney General has issued a non-binding letter in opposition to the action.

However, the Attorney General's letter does not have the force of law, and unless decided otherwise by a court, the Judge's action stands. Instead of directing people to break the law, Mayor Dee Margo should be directing EPPD to support the effort, as the Sheriff's Department and Constables are doing. It will take all of us working together to get through this.

I applaud Judge Samaniego’s courageous action today. COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate, our hospitals are...
10/30/2020

I applaud Judge Samaniego’s courageous action today. COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate, our hospitals are full, and the terrible reality of a wave of COVID-related deaths looms in the near future. This mandatory stay at home order is necessary to slow the spread of the virus, stabilize our health care system, and save the lives of our fellow Paseños. Our government has a duty to protect its citizens, and in this case, stricter orders limiting residents’ activity are deemed most effective by medical experts. I understand this creates economic hardship for many people, but I firmly believe that left unchecked, the surge of COVID-19 would ultimately have a greater negative economic impact.

There’s no doubt El Paso is facing an unprecedented challenge. Since Oct. 1, our positivity rate has jumped from nine percent to more than 17 percent. Our COVID-19 hospitalization rate is 44 percent – almost three times as much as the 15 percent threshold used by the state to determine additional closures and emergency actions. We are the number one hotspot in the country.

I cannot stress enough how critical the next few weeks will be for our community. The lives we have lost, and will continue to lose, are more than mere dots on a graph - each is a person, a family member, a friend. We can all do our part by staying home and limiting ourselves to essential activities, wearing face coverings when out, and isolating if you test positive. By following these measures, we can overcome this challenge and secure a better future for our Borderland.

El Paso County has issued Order No. 13 effective 11:59 p.m., Oct. 29 to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 11. Please continue to stay hom...
10/30/2020

El Paso County has issued Order No. 13 effective 11:59 p.m., Oct. 29 to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 11. Please continue to stay home unless providing or accessing essential services, and observe safe practices including social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, and limiting time in public.

Here is an updated list of COVID-19 test sites for El Paso County. Please share with anyone needing to get tested.
10/28/2020

Here is an updated list of COVID-19 test sites for El Paso County. Please share with anyone needing to get tested.

Yesterday, El Paso County issued Stay Home, Work Safe Order No. 12:- All individuals in El Paso County must stay at home...
10/26/2020

Yesterday, El Paso County issued Stay Home, Work Safe Order No. 12:
- All individuals in El Paso County must stay at home except when engaging in essential activities.
- When accessing essential services, only one person per household allowed (for example, grocery shopping)
- Countywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Exemptions include traveling for work, providing or receiving essential services, engaging in socially-distanced outdoor activity, caring for a family member, voting or religious purposes, and essential travel
- Face coverings are required when in public
- $250 fine for face covering violation, $500 fine for any other violations of this order
- Early voting unaffected; polling places open to cast your vote visit www.epcountyvotes.com for info.

El Paso finds itself at a critical moment in combating COVID-19. In recent weeks, El Paso has had the highest rate of in...
10/26/2020

El Paso finds itself at a critical moment in combating COVID-19. In recent weeks, El Paso has had the highest rate of infections of any metro area over 400,000 in the country. In the past 10 days, the number of hospitalizations has doubled, with a current hospitalization rate of 36 percent.

Our local leaders must take swift action to reverse this dangerous trend. State and federal resources have been mobilized to increase hospital capacity and staffing, expand test sites, and assist with critical contact tracing efforts. However, recent efforts to encourage individuals to voluntarily minimize their activities have not been able to slow the spread of the virus, necessitating additional restrictions.

We applaud Judge Samaniego and the County for taking these bold, life-saving actions, especially through encouraging and enforcing science-based strategies to contain the virus. Unless you’re engaging in essential activities, please follow the basic guidelines: stay at home, wear a mask and distance when out, and wash hands often.

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El Paso se encuentra en un momento crítico para combatir el COVID-19. En las últimas semanas, El Paso ha tenido la tasa más alta de infecciones de cualquier área metropolitana de más de 400.000 en el país. En los últimos 10 días, el número de hospitalizaciones se ha duplicado, con una tasa de hospitalización actual del 36 por ciento.

Nuestros líderes locales deben tomar medidas rápidas para revertir esta peligrosa tendencia. Se han movilizado recursos estatales y federales para aumentar la capacidad y la dotación de personal de los hospitales, ampliar los sitios de prueba y ayudar con los esfuerzos críticos de rastreo de contactos. Sin embargo, los esfuerzos recientes para alentar a las personas a minimizar voluntariamente sus actividades no han podido frenar la propagación del virus, lo que ha dado lugar a la necesidad de restricciones adicionales.

Aplaudimos al juez Samaniego y al condado por tomar estas acciones para salvar vidas, especialmente al alentar y hacer cumplir estrategias basadas en la ciencia para contener el virus. A menos que esté participando en actividades esenciales, siga las recomendaciones básicas: quédese en casa, use un cubreboca y aléjese socialmente cuando esté afuera y lávese las manos con frecuencia.

The next days and weeks are going to be critical for our community. State and federal resources have mobilized en masse ...
10/25/2020
El Paso Convention Center to be converted into makeshift hospital, feds sending aid due to virus surge - KVIA

The next days and weeks are going to be critical for our community. State and federal resources have mobilized en masse to combat the major COVID-19 surge in El Paso. Please observe all local health orders and continue taking preventative measures to slow the spread of the virus.

EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso Convention Center downtown will be converted into an auxiliary hospital of up to 100 beds to deal with a massive surge in Covid-19 patients needing medical care and federal assistance will also be coming to El Paso, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday. The governor....

My statement on the plan by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and ESC Region 19, which allows schools in El Paso County a...
10/23/2020

My statement on the plan by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and ESC Region 19, which allows schools in El Paso County and Hudspeth County to conduct operations dependent on the status of COVID-19 in our community:

"This regional plan provides our school districts with greater flexibility to respond in real-time to COVID-19 in our community. Districts have been relieved of the bureaucratic burden associated with requesting waivers from TEA every two weeks while also being reassured of continued state funding.

"The benchmarks for when it’s safe to open campuses – which are based on public health data – provide a consistent regional policy that allows parents, students, teachers, and district leaders some certainty as to how and when schools will be able to reopen or close as needed. The hospitalization rate is the key metric used to make public health decisions about when to institute restrictions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19."

For more info: https://www.esc19.net/Page/1564

El Paso is in a critical situation. We are the number 2 hotspot in the country and have the state's highest COVID-19 inf...
10/23/2020
Report: As COVID cases surge, El Paso has a 96% chance of maxing out ICU

El Paso is in a critical situation. We are the number 2 hotspot in the country and have the state's highest COVID-19 infection rate (26.2 cases per 1,000 residents; the next highest is Lubbock at 17.4; by comparison, Dallas and San Antonio are 5.6 & 2.3 cases).

Local hospitals are nearing max capacity with the situation expected to worsen over the next two to three weeks. As infections progress, we can expect to lose many more El Pasoans to this pandemic.

Health officials have highlighted several factors we must address:
--People who tested positive for COVID-19 are not following proper health protocols and are not isolating.
--Residents are continuing to host or attend house parties, social gatherings and family gatherings.
--Residents are not wearing face masks in public or around people that do not live in the same household.
--Individuals who have tested positive are not cooperating with contact tracers by failing to answer calls, provide accurate information or do not follow recommendations.

We must all do more for our community's health and safety -- limit your family's activities to those that are truly essential, always wear a face covering outside your home, make sure to keep as much physical distance from others not in your household, and wash your hands regularly. If you test positive, stay home for at least 10 days! And make sure you cooperate with contact tracers and let those who were around you know they were exposed so they can isolate.

We can turn things around if we work together. #EPStrong

For more info: http://www.epstrong.org/faqs.php

A University of Texas modeling project predicts El Paso hospitals have a 96% chance of running out of ICU beds by Nov. 8.

PLEASE SHARE: Today, El Paso reported a record 1,161 new COVID-19 cases. Testing capacity is rapidly increasing to comba...
10/22/2020

PLEASE SHARE: Today, El Paso reported a record 1,161 new COVID-19 cases. Testing capacity is rapidly increasing to combat this virus surge.

The State of Texas has opened three additional new sites:
- UTEP Mega Site, 500 W University
- Eastside Sports Complex Site, 1430 Montwood
- Region 19 Kenworthy Complex, 9776 Kenworthy (*Monday - Friday ONLY)
- Sites are open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily*; Appointment not required but can be made at www.txcovidtest.org.

The City of El Paso has opened two additional testing sites:
- Eastside Site: 301 George Perry Blvd.
- Westside Site: 7400 High Ridge Dr.
- City Sites are open Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. by appointment only; Visit EPStrong.org or call 915-212-0783 to make an appointment.

Join the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus for their 2020 Latino Summit this Saturday, Oct. 24. I’m looking forward to the fr...
10/19/2020

Join the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus for their 2020 Latino Summit this Saturday, Oct. 24. I’m looking forward to the fruitful discussions on issues impacting Latinos across our state. Hope to see you then!

Please join the Senate Hispanic Caucus at our 2020 Latino Summit. We will be hosting this event virtually on October 24, 2020 from 9:00am-5:00pm.

We are excited to announce that Steven Aleman with Disability Rights Texas will be joining our PK-12 Education panel. The panel will take place from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Please register here: http://bit.ly/SHCLatinoSummit
Meeting ID: 898 0774 9031
PW: shc2020

For questions please call 210-733-6604 or email [email protected].

The findings of this study are troubling but not surprising. Even through the worst pandemic we’ve seen in our lifetimes...
10/17/2020
It takes more time and costs more to vote in Texas than any other state

The findings of this study are troubling but not surprising. Even through the worst pandemic we’ve seen in our lifetimes, Texas leaders did next to nothing to increase access to the ballot box. These times are unprecedented and more should have been done to ensure a fair and safe election.

As millions of voters pour into polling stations across the state, a new study has found that Texas has the most restrictive voting process in the country, up from No. 46 in 2016.

The results of this election will determine the course of our nation’s history for decades, and your vote plays a critic...
10/16/2020
Ramifications of the 2020 election will be felt for decades to come: José Rodríguez

The results of this election will determine the course of our nation’s history for decades, and your vote plays a critical role in shaping that future. Make a plan, bring a friend or relative, and get out the vote!

With this election, we have an opportunity to elect leaders who will shape policies that will impact us in the near and long-term.

Make sure your loved ones are counted! Complete the #2020Census today!
10/15/2020

Make sure your loved ones are counted! Complete the #2020Census today!

Due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the City of El Paso and El Paso County have implem...
10/15/2020

Due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the City of El Paso and El Paso County have implemented the following restrictions:

- Non-essential businesses limited to 50% max occupancy
- Restaurants limited to take out and drive-thru services after 9 p.m. (no indoor dining)
- No visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities
- No indoor sporting events & no spectators at outdoor sporting events (collegiate & professional sports exempted)
- Parks limited to groups of 10 or less
- No home gatherings
- No traditional trick or treating

Please wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, maintain a six-foot distance from others when in public, and wash your hands regularly.

For info on case data or testing locations in El Paso County,
visit www.epstrong.org.

Today marks the start of Early Voting in Texas! You can vote at any polling location in your county through Friday, Oct....
10/13/2020
Texas early voting starts Oct. 13. Here's what you need to know.

Today marks the start of Early Voting in Texas! You can vote at any polling location in your county through Friday, Oct. 30. For more information and tips on voting during the pandemic, check out this guide from the Texas Tribune.

Everything Texans need to know about voting during the pandemic, mail-in voting, voting in person, Texas candidates and key dates for the 2020 general election in November.

Today, we observe Indigenous Peoples' Day in El Paso County and across the country. Through this observance, we honor th...
10/12/2020

Today, we observe Indigenous Peoples' Day in El Paso County and across the country. Through this observance, we honor the struggle and oppression endured by these peoples and celebrate the innumerable contributions they have made to our society.

Today we proudly celebrate El Paso County’s very first, and long anticipated Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I’m proud to have pushed for this change to take place and proud to recognize and celebrate the indigenous communities that have called El Paso home far longer than most of us.

https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/el-paso/2020/10/11/indigenous-peoples-day-replaces-columbus-day-el-paso-county-2020/5960818002/?cid=facebook_El_Paso_Times&fbclid=IwAR0-X2PfIfZTbmWI3XvZrXDEKAa_eyncT0-voBufSSOcf-ts73X4DfaC7ig

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10/12/2020

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Gov. Abbott has deployed additional resources to El Paso in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases. We must continue work...
10/12/2020
Governor Abbott Surges State Resources To Support COVID-19 Response In El Paso

Gov. Abbott has deployed additional resources to El Paso in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases. We must continue working to decrease the spread of the virus by wearing face coverings in public, washing our hands, and observing social distancing. More information on the governor's deployment below.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) have surged medical personnel and personal protective equipment (PPE) to El Paso to help combat COVID-19 and support hospitals in the region. This depl...

10/12/2020

Whether you are out or still on your journey, know that you are seen, you are accepted, and you are loved! Happy #NationalComingOutDay! 🏳️‍🌈🌈

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