Edward M. Emmett is a professor in the practice at Rice University with a focus on public policy. In addition, he is a senior fellow at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Emmett is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute.
From 2007 until 2019, Emmett served as county judge of Harris County, Texas. In this position, Emmett was also the director of homeland security and emergency management, a role which established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience.
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 (ICC). After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Emmett served on the commission for three years. After leaving the ICC, Emmett was president of the National Industrial Transportation League where he led national and global transportation policy initiatives.
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 his duties at Rice University, Emmett is the owner of The Emmett Company, a consulting firm advising public and private entities in transportation policy, emergency management, international marketing and strategic development.
Emmett graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.