State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon District
Ruth Jones McClendon has served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives for the past 11 years, representing District 120 in San Antonio. A strong advocate for the welfare of children, she is the recipient of the 2006 Regional and State “Legislator of the Year” awards from the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards.
Christian, humanitarian, stateswoman, and committed to helping others, are all descriptions used when speaking of the Representative. Her tenure and genuine dedication to serving her constituents have earned her leadership roles in the Texas Legislature. McClendon is Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Resolutions. Additionally, she holds a coveted seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee which writes the $160 billion budget for the state of Texas. She serves on the Education Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee and is Chair of Budget and Oversight for the Pension and Investments Committee in the Texas House of Representatives.
Her appointment to the influential Sunset Advisory Commission makes her one of only five members of the Texas House serving on the panel. The Commission can recommend the abolition of a state agency, and evaluates the performance of state agencies to make recommendations for improved operations and She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Women's Legislative Network of the National Coalition of State Legislators.
Representative McClendon has authored, sponsored, co-sponsored and passed nearly 150 bills, excluding resolutions, during her tenure in the Texas House. Her legislative priorities include improving educational opportunities for students throughout the state, fighting for health care for children and the frail and elderly, creating a climate for businesses to flourish and keeping our neighborhoods safe.
She served as a San Antonio Councilwoman and mayor pro tempore from June 1993 - August 1996. Since her election to the Texas Legislature in 1996, she has also served on the following committees: Economic Development, Local & Consent Calendars, Public Safety, Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, State Affairs and Public Health Committees. She is founder of the Community Crime Prevention Network, Inc., and President and CEO of RJMcClendon and Co.
says, “when seeking a career in politics, you must first obtain as much
education as possible. In the world of politics, you need to be
equipped with a breadth of knowledge on just about everything.”
Putting her words into action, McClendon created the McClendon Scholars Program in August, 2004. The program is a collaborative initiative between the Representative and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Coordinated by the UTSA Institute of Law and Public Affairs headed by Dr. Richard Gambitta, the program provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to serve as interns in the Texas House of Representatives during regular legislative sessions. Each intern receives a stipend of $10,000 for the session.
Representative McClendon considers her greatest accomplishments are being a mother, having a rewarding family life in the midst of the rigors of public service and being able to serve her community as a state representative, because they all take hard work and the rewards are tremendous. The late Congressman Barbara Jordan is the historical leader that had the greatest influence on McClendon’s life as a child growing up in Houston’s Fifth Ward. McClendon says the formidable obstacle that she has faced have been few, “but discrimination has been an ongoing obstacle that we all must fight.”
A native Texas, born in Houston, and a graduate of Phillis Wheatley High School and Texas Southern University, she received a Master of Arts degree from Webster University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Guadalupe College Theological Seminary.
Representative McClendon is listed in Who’s Who in American Politics, Who’s Who of American Women, World’s Who’s Who of Women, International Who’s Who of Professional & Business Women and Who’s Who in Texas History. She has received more than 425 awards and honors for her legislative, public service and professional work.
As a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, she serves as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister. She is married to Lt. Colonel (retired) Denver McClendon, Chairman of the Alamo Community College Board of Trustees, and together they have four children.
Community Involvement and Service
Crime Prevention Measures
Economic Development Support
Justice For All
Legislative Initiatives at a Glance