Ed Emmett has an enviable history of public service. He has excelled in elected offices at multiple levels of government. He served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987. In that position, he was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national boards and committees relating to energy and transportation policy.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.
He became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007 and served until 2019. Ed received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.
County Judge Emmett, working with the county commissioners, managed the nation’s third largest county. He also served as director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.
Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rice University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.
Currently, Ed is a professor in the practice at Rice University. His area of focus is public policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Rice University/Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a fellow at the Rice University/Doerr Institute for New Leaders.