Since becoming county judge on March 6, 2007, Ed Emmett has led us through devastating storms and historic flood events, deploying county resources and working with city, state and federal officials to serve impacted areas.

Emmett has been our voice at the county level, ensuring recovery resources are disbursed effectively and efficiently. In the midst of crisis, he has made the tough calls quickly, such as shutting down flooding underpasses that endangered the lives of motorists. He ignored the lawyers and bureaucrats to organize citizen rescue efforts.

Emmett is a common sense conservative who has addressed major infrastructure issues, showed courage and leadership on funding for mental health care, advocated for a better criminal justice system and jail reforms, and been a responsible voice for limited government and fiscal accountability at the county level.

As county judge, Emmett has helped protect and grow a strong county reserve fund, which helped improve the county’s financial outlook to a AAA+ bond rating under his watch. He ensured that the county was able to accomplish this while still maintaining some of the state’s most generous property tax exemptions for seniors and veterans.

Ed Emmett has been married to Gwen 42 years, and they are the proud parents of four children, and grandparents to 13 grandchildren.

Judge Emmett was first elected to office in 1978, serving as a state legislator for eastern Harris County from 1979 to 1987. In 1989, Emmett was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to serve as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission, where he served for three years.

A problem-solver and policy wonk, Judge Emmett is a recognized authority on transportation issues, and was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum. He has used his private-sector know-how and experience to advocate for projects that improve the economic climate and quality of life for Harris County residents.

Working with the elected county commissioners, Judge Emmett runs the nation’s third largest county. He also is 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, graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.

Emmett is a Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.