She is married to Lt. Colonel (retired) Denver McClendon, Chairman of the Alamo Community College Board of Trustees, and together they have four children.
Honorary Doctorate, Guadalupe College Theological Seminary
MA, Webster University
BA, Texas Sothern University.
Founder, Community Crime Prevention Network, Incorporated
President/Chief Executive Officer, RJMclendon and Company.
Founder, Ruth's Kids Center.
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.
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.
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.
As a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, she serves as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister.
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.