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Mark Ellis Papers

Identifier: MSS 1439

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of files regarding Mark Ellis terms in office. The files cover issues in which Ellis worked on or lead committees. There are files regarding city council agendas, pension reform, budgets, fiscal affairs, competitive services and the Houston civility ordinance. There are also files on the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Texas which was an issue that Mark Ellis personally advocated for. Most of the files are dedicated to issues that were addressed through District F and community improvement projects. There are also articles and newsletters that came from the District F office, as well as newsletters and articles about the district. There are scrapbooks files which are composed of clippings of articles and photographs.


  • 1994-2006

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Councilman Mark Ellis Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Mark Ellis was born in 1962. He attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and graduated in 1979 after which he attended the Harris County Sherriff’s Academy. Later, he graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S in Political Science in 1985. Ellis married Victoria A Raia in 1987. Ellis returned to University of Houston in 1997 and graduated from the College of Business Administration. He was the co-owner and founding partner of Ellis-Reisbord Financial Group, LLC and is a certified financial planner, certified senior advisor and registered investment advisor.

Ellis was elected to District F in December 1999. Mark Ellis served on the Houston City Council from 2000 to 2006. He served as chair of City Council Regulatory Affairs Committee as well as on the Fiscal Affairs & Management Initiatives, Regional Planning & Economic Development, Neighborhood Protection and Quality of Life, Housing Initiatives, Legislative Affairs & Ethics Committees. While on the city council he opened the first satellite office for District F to handle constituent concerns. He helped to open a temporary library branch in the satellite office while the new Walter Neighborhood Library was being constructed. Public safety was one of Ellis’s high priorities which he demonstrated by lobbying for Kirkwood widening pavement project and for District F to get more community improvement projects and general funding for the maintenance and operation of the district. He along with fellow city council member Bert Keller created Partners in Progress, a non-profit to unite communities through education and beautification projects, which participated in scheduling park clean ups and facility improvements. Ellis supported the opening of Houston Police Department Storefront on Southmore Blvd and received City Council Members of the Year, 2001 from Houston Police Officers Union.


11.5 Linear Feet

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Series 1 Articles and Newsletters

Series 2 General Correspondence

Series 3 Competitive Services Committee

Series 4 Civility Ordinance

Series 5 Budget

Series 6 Fiscal Affairs

Series 7 Agendas

Series 8 Pension

Series 9 Epilepsy

Series 10 District F Community Projects

Series 11 Clippings and Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mark Ellis in 2005.

Related Materials

MSS 0491 Gordon Quan Papers

Processing Information

Processed by Claudia Cardenas October 2019

Mark Ellis Papers
Claudia Cardenas
October 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


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