Texas Freight Advisory Committee

Ed M. Emmett

Senior Fellow at Rice University

Edward M. Emmett is currently a Fellow in Energy & Transportation Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. He was elected and served as Harris County Judge from 2007 to 2018. Prior to becoming county judge, he received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy.

As a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, 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, he served on the commission for three years.

Among his many other activities, Emmett has served as director of Harris County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Transportation Policy Council and chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board.

Emmett attended Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rice University in 1971 and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Public Affairs degree in 1974. He and his wife, Gwen, have four children and 8 grandchildren.