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Edward M. Emmett

Edward M. Emmett

Fellow in Energy and Transportation Policy, Center for Energy Studies
Office Phone: (713) 348-2500


Edward M. Emmett is a fellow in energy and transportation policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. As a professor in the practice at Rice, Emmett teaches classes in transportation economics and policy as well as social policy. In addition, Emmett is a distinguished senior fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute.

Since 2005, Emmett has owned The Emmett Company, a consulting firm advising public and private entities in transportation policy, emergency management, international marketing and strategic development.

From 2007 until 2019, he served as the county judge of Harris County, Texas. As county judge, Emmett was the director of homeland security and emergency management, a role that established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience.

As a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Emmett chaired the Committee on Energy, was 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 of the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Emmett served on the commission for three years. He 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.

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’s degree in public affairs. Emmett has received 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.