Joe C. Pickett
Texas State Representative

About Rep. Pickett

 

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Representative Joe C. Pickett

 

 

 

Biographical Information                                                                                            September 20, 2017

Joe C. Pickett is a member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he is presently serving his twelfth term. Rep. Pickett is currently serving as Chairman of the House Environmental Regulation Committee, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:

(1)  air, land, and water pollution, including the  
   environmental regulation of industrial development; 
                (2)  the regulation of waste disposal; 
                (3)  environmental matters that are regulated by the  
   Department of State Health Services or the Texas Commission on  
   Environmental Quality; 
                (4)  oversight of the Texas Commission on Environmental  
   Quality as it relates to environmental regulation; and 
                (5)  the following state agency: the Texas Low-Level  
   Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission. 
   


In addition, he is a member of the House Transportation Committee. 
Chairman Pickett is a member of the House Research Organization Committee. This committee reports on all legislation which is scheduled for floor debate. The reports are a balanced analysis and include the pros and cons of each bill.

Pickett, the Senior Member of the El Paso delegation, is well-respected by all factions of the State Government who's knowledge and technical expertise is recognized by the Texas Leadership.

Currently he is ranked 13th in seniority of the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives.

He has been recognized by the following organizations:

* Crime Fighter of the Year 2014 by the North Tex. Crime Commission
* El Pasoan of the Year Award 2013
* Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas Law Enforcement Leadership Award 2013
* Vietnam Veterans Assoc. 2013 Texas Legislator of the Year Award
*Transportation Advocates of Texas 2013 Award, for bold & innovative leadership on behalf of transportation policy and funding in Texas
* Capitol Inside Best of the Legislature Award for 3 Legislative Sessions of 2013
* Texas Veteran's Commission Legislator of Year --Nov. 2011
* Texas Transit Association Legislator of the Year
* Texas Public Employees Association Legislator of the Year
* Texas DPS Officers´ Association Legislator of the Year
* Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards Representative of the Year
* West Texas Poison Control Center Network's Legislator of the Year

Over the last 20 years he has been the author of countless pieces of legislation and served previously as Chairman for Defense & Veterans Affairs, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, served on the Committee on Appropriations and served as Chairman of Budget Oversight (CBO) for the Committee on Land and Resource Management. In addition, he served on the Committee on Border and International Affairs as well as serving on the Select Committee on Individuals Eligible For Immediate Care Facilities. He has also served as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, Licensing and Administrative Procedures and has served on Criminal Jurisprudence.
Representative Pickett served on the National Board of Directors of the American Metropolitan Planning Organization (AMPO). AMPO is a national nonprofit, membership organization serving the needs of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) nationwide. They function as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds in urbanized areas, Federal highway and transit statutes require the designation of MPOs which serve their areas in planning, programming and coordinating federal highway and transit investments.

He has served several terms as Chairman of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). In addition, he served between the 81st and 82nd sessions on the Texas Transportation Council in Austin,  a non-partisan and independent forum to research, organize, and promote a new direction for transportation that is based upon transparency, accountability and efficiency in order to improve mobility and restore public faith in the management of our state's transportation infrastructure.
Representative Pickett started his political career as a City Council member for the City of El Paso, Texas.
Representative Pickett holds a Texas Real Estate Broker's license and has been a real estate educator for more than two decades. He has written and published text books on real estate laws for continuing education classes and still teaches one or two days a month, schedule permitting. He is the author of several children's books, with two of his books already published and being marketed throughout the United States. It is a big part of his efforts to support children's literacy programs.
Representative Pickett's civic involvement includes membership on the boards of the Advocacy Center for the Children of El Paso, the Texas YMCA´s Policy Council and the Advisory Council for Health Sciences for the University of El Paso. He has been a member of the Lions Club for the past 20-plus years, a former member of the El Paso Crime Stoppers Board, and served five years as a volunteer board member, then Chairman of a local credit union.

The main thrust of his civic involvement has been the forming of a 501-C3 non-profit organization that fights graffiti, supervises troubled youth who are required to serve community service hours, and enhances the aesthetics of the community through tree planting, cleaning and building renovation projects. The association was awarded a national honor by the "Keep America Beautiful" organization. It has also been awarded a grant from the Office of the Governor for work in the community.
His love of cars has earned him the reputation of being somewhat of a car collector. He has several antique and unusual vehicles that include a varied selection, a double-decker English bus that belonged to a famous Southwestern artist named Ted DeGrazia, and working fire trucks that are used for children's charities and parades. His collection also includes several military vehicles, English automobiles, one of a kind historical vehicles and just neat cars!

Representative Pickett is married.  His wife's name is Shannon and he is the proud father to three girls and two boys.

The Writer


Among all the time that Joe has dedicated to public service via legislative duties, speaking engagements, and lending his talents to community groups, he has also found time to share another talent, writing children books. In 2007 Joe published a book about a diverse cat who's story brings understanding to the meaning of diversity to a small reader. Illustrated in full color by Denis Proulx, this book about a strange cat who "seems to be lovable and loves to be snuggable."  The story about "Margo the Weird Cat" conveys that we all are one of a kind, precious jewel.



In 2008, Joe published another children's book, "Two Apples Two Cookies", (illustrated by Denis Proulx) about diversity.  Every copy is written in English on one side- then, when you flip the book over to the other side, it's in Spanish This story is a great message on sharing, caring and the power of two apples, two cookies and doing the right thing of thinking of others.

last updated on - 09/20/17

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