Ricardo “Rick” Rodriguez was born and raised in Laredo Texas. He is a class of 1978 Nixon Graduate. After graduation, Rodriguez attended Laredo Junior College, and at the age of 17, became a detention officer under the supervision of Sheriff Mario Santos. It was during this time that Rodriguez became actively involved in a variety programs like the PAL, DARE, SWAT teams and bike patrol. Rodriguez’ hard work and dedication to excellence led to a major promotion as that of an Assistant Chief Administrator. The appointment placed him third in command under Sheriff Juan Garza.
Rodriguez was elected to the district two seat in November 2008. In 2010 he was appointed as Constable for Pct. 2 by the Webb County Commissioners Court. Upon his appointment, Rodriguez upgraded the office by fostering open door and transparency policies. During his first two years in office, Rodriguez obtained a Stone Garden Grant. This enabled him to purchase new vehicles and safety equipment to protect officers and better serve the community. He is also credited with implementing several programs such as McGruff and Explorers, and assigning safety patrols to manage morning and after school traffic in both of Laredo’s public school districts. He has also volunteered traffic control services for churches and special events and served the City of Rio Bravo as an Associate Judge.
Rodriguez serves the needs of parents and students attending United South H.S., Gonzalez M.S., United South M.S., Bonnie Garcia Elementary, Killam Elementary, Ruiz Elementary, Salinas Elementary, and Zaffirini Elementary. In 2011, the UISD Board of Trustees voted for Rodriguez to become Secretary of the Board. He is currently employed by Laredo Independent School District.
Rodriguez is proud of his two sons. His eldest, Ricardo Evan Rodriguez, serves the City of Laredo Police Department as Traffic Officer, and his younger son, the late Rolando Ernesto Rodriguez. He is married to Geovanna “Gigi” Rodriguez and they have one daughter, Regina Eliana Rodriguez.