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AARP honors Texas Senator Rodney Ellis for work on behalf of seniors

AARP Texas yesterday honored Houston-area Senator Rodney Ellis with an award for his work in the Legislature on behalf of the 50+ population.

“Senator Ellis assumed a leadership role in passing key legislation to protect the financial assets of seniors in Texas,” said AARP Texas State Director Bob Jackson. “Specifically, he co-authored several bills that strengthened consumer protection for older Texans purchasing annuities.”

Said Senator Ellis: "It is a real honor to receive the 2009 legislative achievement award. I know when Texas finally makes significant strides towards health care reform, energy regulation, and policy that protect our seniors, it will be in large part due to the hard work that AARP has done behind the scenes. I truly look forward to our continuing partnership."

Local AARP chapter members and volunteers presented the award to Senator Ellis in his Houston office in a special ceremony.

Awards are also being presented to the following members of the Texas Legislature: Senators Kip Averitt of Waco, Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio, and Wendy Davis of Fort Worth; and Representatives John Smithee of Amarillo, Elliot Naishtat of Austin, and Craig Eiland of Texas City.

“We want to publicly recognize legislators who championed issues that benefit older Texans,” Jackson added.  “And, we want legislators to know that we will be informing our members of their positive efforts on our behalf.  We hope to improve our relationship with these legislators and encourage others to take leadership roles on our priority issues.”

AARP plans to present similar awards after the conclusion of the next legislative session in 2011.

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