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.
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.