Former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett leads new 'Inside the Texas Legislature' series at LBJ School | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Former Harris County Judge and former Texas State Rep. Ed Emmett (R-Houston) (MPAff '74)

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 23, 2019 — The Honorable Ed Emmett, a former Harris County Judge (2007–19), former member of the Texas House of Representatives (R-Houston) and LBJ School alumnus (MPAff '74), will lead a new spring 2019 series at the LBJ School called "Inside the Texas Legislature: Insights and Conversation." The biweekly conversation is open to all LBJ students, faculty and staff, and will analyze what is going on in the 86th Texas Legislature.

"This series will give attendees a chance to sit face-to-face and discuss the ins and outs of the issues, the legislative measures being debated, and the players in the legislature with someone who has been in the chamber helping to create public policy," said LBJ School Dean Angela Evans. "Judge Emmett understands the relationships between state and local government, as well as the critical interdependencies of federal, state and local issues such as infrastructure depletion and renewal, education financing, affordable housing, tax and expenditure trade-offs, and disaster mitigation and recovery — which he experienced first-hand when leading Harris County through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017."


"The Texas Legislature is a fascinating, often frustrating, but always entertaining stage where public policy is created. I look forward to this ongoing conversation about the politics, personalities and priorities that will shape Texas' future." — Ed Emmett, former Harris County Judge and former member of the Texas House of Representatives (R-Houston)

"The Texas Legislature is a fascinating, often frustrating, but always entertaining stage where public policy is created," said Judge Emmett. "I look forward to this ongoing conversation about the politics, personalities and priorities that will shape Texas' future.”


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The series will occur biweekly on Mondays, addressing these topics:

Registration is ongoing. This series is not for credit.

The 86th Texas Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. Top issues this session include the state budget, health care and education policy.

Judge Emmett managed the nation's third-largest county as Harris County Judge from March 6, 2007 to Jan. 1, 2019. A Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 78 in Houston from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy and a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy. He has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy, and was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum. Judge Emmett graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and from the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Presidential Call to Service Award.

 

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