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Judge Ed Emmett Featured Gator Grit Speaker on April 18

Houstonians are invited to the next Gator Grit Series event, “A Conversation with Judge Ed Emmett,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in the Welcome Center’s Tour Room.

In 2007, Judge Emmett was appointed as Harris County Judge after the resignation of Robert Eckels. Before leading the third-largest county in the nation, he represented east Harris County in the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission where he served for three years.

Judge 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. In addition to working with county commissioners, 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. He attended Houston’s Bellaire High School and graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. In 1974, he earned a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin. Judge Emmett is the recipient of 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.

Register today for the April Gator Grit Series.