As founder of Apex Securities, Inc., a municipal finance firm acquired by Rice Financial in 1998, Rodney Ellis is actively involved in the financing and marketing activities of Rice Financial Products Company. He is also vice-chair of The Tagos Group, a minority-owned firm providing business consulting, business services and business products to Fortune 500 companies. He is currently serving out his sixth term in the Texas State Senate. Senator Ellis has a diverse background in international finance and played an important role as advisor to the Mexican government in the ratification of the NAFTA Treaty. He was successful in bringing a strategic partner to Telkom South Africa and has helped equity partners in telecommunications projects throughout Africa.
Over his 18-year tenure as a Texas State Senator, Senator Ellis has earned praise as a legislative leader on economic development, education, civil rights, tax cuts, criminal justice and workforce development issues. He serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Organization, which looks at ways to improve the efficiency of Texas state government. In former positions, Senator Ellis was a legislative assistant to former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby, general counsel to former Texas Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple, and administrative assistant to the late Texas Congressman, Mickey Leland.
Senator Ellis currently serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy, the University of Texas Law School Foundation Board and the Rainbow PUSH board and is chairman of the board of directors for the Innocence Project, Inc., of New York. He is also the former chairman of the Center for Policy Alternatives. Senator Ellis acts as a special advisor to the World Forum, a body that aims to promote understanding and co-existence among the various cultures and civilizations in today's world.
Senator Ellis holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Southern University, a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. In 2005, he was honored by the University of Texas with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Senator Ellis also studied at Xavier University of New Orleans and the London School of Economics.
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