Precinct 1, Place 2
Judge Ciro Rodriguez
Ciro D. Rodriguez was elected Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 2 on November 2014 and sworn in as Judge the first of January 2015. He has earned a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from St. Mary's University and a Master's of Social Work from Our Lady of Lake University. His work experience includes working as a case worker for Bexar County MHMR, where he worked with the mentally ill as well as with Adult and Adolescences Substance Abuse. He was an Education Specialist for IDRA conducting training for students, teachers, administrators, School Board Members, and parents. The Judge taught 11 years at Our Lady of the Lake University at the Worden School of Social Work.
Education was the issue that motivated Ciro Rodriguez to seek elected office. His first elected office was as a member of the Harlandale School Board. During his 12 years on the board, he earned national recognition advocating funding for a quality education for all children. He helped to establish the Mexican American School Board Members Association for Texas and the National School Boards Association serving as its national president. Judge Rodriguez worked for alternatives to student expulsions such as Alternative Schools, counseling at risk coordinators, and other programs for Teen Mothers, gifted students, and parental education.
In 1987, Judge Rodriguez was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He served 11 years as a member of the Higher Education and Health Committees. He worked to reduce the high dropout rate and drafted legislation to allow students to earn college credit (Dual Credit Legislation) while in high school. He drafted the first law guaranteeing the top ten percent of graduating students a place at a Texas four-year university. He also passed legislation for Dropout Prevention and Truancy, which is still a key issue. He served as Chairman of the Local Consent Calendar Committee of Texas House of Representatives.
In April 1997, Judge Rodriguez was elected to Congress. He served a total of 12 years in Congress, from different congressional districts in nonconsecutive terms. Serving with distinction as a member of the House Veterans Affairs, Armed Services and Resources Committees, and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee from 1997 to 2005, he served on four key Subcommittees: Military Readiness; Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities; Research and Development; and Military Installations and Facilities. On the House Veterans Affairs Committee, he was the Ranking Member of Veterans Health Subcommittee and was on the Benefits Subcommittee from 1997 to 1998.
Congressmen Rodriguez was elected Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus of the House of Representatives during the 108th Congress. He chaired various task forces and was Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Institute.
He was elected in 2006 to serve as Congressman from the 23rd Congressional District. Ciro D. Rodriguez was appointed to serve on the powerful Appropriations Committee, where he served as member of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Transportation and HUD from 2006 to 2010. He served as Vice Chair of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and as a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and the House Veterans' Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. Judge Rodriguez is proud of having participated in the passage of the latest Gl bill for the Veterans of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also proud of the appropriations he secured for the Missions, military schools, medical facilities, and the Brooks City Base Legislation, Camino Real Designation for Texas, infrastructure projects, International Bridges, water projects for colonias, cities, and communities throughout Texas.