Ed Emmett has an enviable history of public service. He has excelled in elected offices at multiple levels of government.
Emmett is a Fellow in Energy and Transportation at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is also a Senior Fellow at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. As a professor in the practice, he teaches classes in transportation economics and policy as well as social policy. In addition, Professor Emmett is a Distinguished Senior Fellow within Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute.
From 2007 until 2019, Emmett served as County Judge of Harris County, Texas. As County Judge, he was the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a role which established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience.
A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national 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.
Emmett has 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.
Emmett holds a BA degree 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.