Joe Rodriquez was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, but he left the coast at a very young age. His family moved to Monahans, Texas, where he was raised. After high school, Joe joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and became a field artillery officer. He served one year in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for his actions in combat.
After the military, Joe started a career in law enforcement: 12 years with the Dallas Police Department and 21 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After retiring from the FBI, he became the security manager for the East Texas Division of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. where he was employed for seven years until he completely retired in 2010.
Joe established a residence in Huntsville in 2005. He and his wife Robin live in Elkins Lake and have been married for 15 years. They have two daughters and two grandsons.