As County Attorney

José Rodríguez established an unequaled record of achievement as El Paso County Attorney. During his 17-year tenure, he:

Enhanced legal services to protect vulnerable citizens and prevent crime

  • Increased protections for abused and neglected children and the elderly
  • Improved the system for the mentally challenged
  • Provided increased enforcement for victims of family violence
  • Initiated community juvenile prosecution
  • Created Community Safety Zones with the police to stop gang violence and transnational gang drug activity
  • Established Teen Court and helped create first Drug Court

Increased County revenues and funding for jobs and economic development

  • Fought for El Paso’s fair share of state highway funding in Courts of Inquiry
  • Recovered millions from bail bond forfeitures, hot checks, and hospital liens
  • Helped obtain funding for El Paso’s Enterprise and Empowerment Zones
  • Consolidated the County’s criminal justice system with the District Attorney
  • Saved over a million dollars each year on jail inmate medical bills
  • Worked for apprenticeship programs and higher wages in county construction projects
  • Assisted in development of county tax abatement and incentives policy

Strengthened community health and environmental quality

  • Helped establish the Border Health Institute and new Veterans Home
  • Worked to establish four-year Texas Tech University medical school
  • Supported building of Children’s Hospital
  • Fought for equity in Medicaid and CHIP funding and fair Medicaid reimbursement rates to ensure access to health care
  • Helped develop County health legislative agendas
  • Spearheaded enactment of colonia legislation and county building codes
  • Developed health legislative agenda for Texas Border Coalition
  • Recovered over $16 million for health care programs from tobacco litigation
  • Established first environmental enforcement unit to fight polluters and helped create first environmental state court
  • Successfully represented County against Sierra Blanca nuclear waste dump
  • Worked against the re-opening of Asarco copper smelter
  • Established an effective countywide anti-graffiti program

Promoted ethics in government

  • Worked to establish voluntary county code of ethics
  • Spearheaded enactment of historic county ethics legislation