Board Term: Jan. 1, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2021
Ellis, a Republican from Lufkin, serves as the District 9 representative
on the State Board of Education. He was elected to a four-year term of office
on Nov. 8, 2016 and represents 31 Northeast Texas counties.
Ellis is a member of the board's Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees agenda items on topics such as charter schools, State Board for Educator Certification rules and school board member training.
is a chiropractor and has operated Ellis Chiropractic since 1998. That same
year, Ellis began his public service career. He is actively involved in the
community, serving with local boards, including the Lufkin Host Lions Club,
where he served as president for 2012-13, member of the Lufkin Independent School
District Tri-Ethnic Board, president of Angelina County Benefit Rodeo, chairman
of Small Business Council for Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, president of
the Z&OO Railroad, chairman of Eastview United Pentecostal Church’s
building committee and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 136.
2012, he was elected to the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees and served as board president
in 2015-2016, resigning from that post in November 2016 after winning the seat
on the state board.
with his service on the local school board, Ellis was a charter member of the
Lufkin ISD Education Foundation.
attended Western Washington University and obtained his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic
Ellis and his wife, Shelli Cox Ellis, have three children, Katherine, Jacob and John
who are all currently attending Texas A&M University.
As the District 9 board member, Ellis represents
citizens in the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.