At a Glance
- Career History: U.S. Representative (1997-2005); Consultant/owner/founder, Rio Strategies; instructor, Our Lady of the Lake University (1987-1997); Representative, Texas State House (1987-1997); Education consultant, (1980-1987); member, Harlandale school board, (1975-1987); Social worker, (1974-1980)
- Birthday: Dec. 9, 1946
- Hometown: Piedras Negras, Mexico
- Alma Mater: St. Mary's University, B.A., 1973; Our Lady of the Lake University, M.S.W., 1978
- Spouse: Carolina
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Appropriations
- DC Office: 2351 Rayburn House Office Building, 202-225-4511
- State/District Office: San Antonio (North), 210-561-9421; San Antonio (South), 210-922-1874; Eagle Pass, 830-757-8398; Fort Stockton, 432-336-3976; Del Rio, 830-774-5500
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Path to Power
Born in 1946 in Mexico, Rodriguez was raised in San Antonio.
For more than a year, Rodriguez dropped out of school, but eventually graduated from Harlandale High School on time in 1966. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University in 1973 before earning a master's in scoial work from Our Lady of the Lake University. Between 1975 and 1987, Rodriguez served on the Harlandale school board. During that period, he worked as an education consultant.
During the 110th Congress (2007-2009), Rodriguez voted with his party 96.7 percent of the time.
Rodriguez voted against the fall 2008, $700-billion financial bailout bill. He acknowledged he didn't want to approve the bill while his 2008 opponent, Lyle Larson (R), ran against the measure.
Rodriguez has mended fences with onetime foe Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and the two have worked on a series of issues together, particularly regarding border security. "You have to work with people and work with them on the issues and not on anything else. You have to get away from any personalities. You might have disagreements over issues and a variety of different things, but it's about problem-solving. So it's no longer an issue; you just move on," Rodriguez told The Hill in 2010.
During Cuellar's challenge, one of Rodriguez's prominent backers was Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas). "I was offended," said Ortiz about Cuellar's bid. "Ciro worked hard for him. Where is the loyalty?"