Latest Fact-checks on Rodney Ellis Rodney Ellis stated on May 19, 2016 in a press release in response to a lawsuit: Harris County, Texas has "some of the highest jailing and incarceration rates in the U.S. and the world." Rodney Ellis stated on May 16, 2011 in Texas Senate floor debate.: Says state lawmakers have voted to "spend virtually all of the Rainy Day Fund four times" since the fund’s creation. Rodney Ellis stated on May 14, 2010 in an interview.: Says that in three legislative sessions, his proposals opening pre-kindergarten to all Texas 4-year-olds never got heard or voted out of committee.