Joe Pickett - Democrat (Incumbent)
Joe C. Pickett is a member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he is presently serving his eleventh term. Rep. Pickett is serving as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
The Texas highway system, including all roads, bridges, and ferries constituting a part of the system; commercial motor vehicles, both bus and truck, and their control, regulation, licensing, and operation; the licensing of private passenger vehicles to operate on the roads with the following state agencies: the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas Transportation Commission; The regulation and control of traffic on the public highways of the State of Texas; railroads, street railway lines, interurban railway lines, steamship companies, and express companies; airports, air traffic, airlines, and other organizations engaged in transportation by means of aerial flight; water transportation in the State of Texas, and the rivers, harbors, and related facilities used in water transportation and the agencies of government exercising supervision and control there over; the regulation of metropolitan transit; and; Chairman Pickett appoints a permanent subcommittee on long-term transportation infrastructure planning to consider all matters pertaining to the transportation needs of the state during the next 10 years and funding mechanisms to provide for meeting those needs.
In addition, he is a member of the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services, (which heard and considered 90 bills), and the House Committee on Redistricting.
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.
During the 83rd Legislative Session Chairman Pickett's work and leadership developed legislation that passed both the House and Senate to create the necessary legislation for the Texas Constitutional Amendment, Proposition 1, that was supported by Texas voters with a 80% approval. Pickett spent hundreds of hours in developing, working with both Republicans and Democrats and the Texas Voters, to bring the first step to address funding for the current transportation system in Texas.
The 84th Legislative Session which adjourned on June 1st, 2015, passed the next step of transportation funding issues currently known as Proposition 7. This is also a Texas Constitutional Amendment that was passed by Texas voters at a 84% approval. Prop 7 was the result of many hours of hard work, consensus building, and leadership. Chairman Pickett authored 32 house bills, joint authored 14 bills, co-sponsored 10 bills that session.
Currently he is ranked 13th in seniority of the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Committees: Redistricting, Transportation (Chair), Investments & Financial Services, and Transportation Planning (Chair)