Representative Joe C. Pickett is a real estate broker and educator first elected to represent HD-79 in 1994. He is currently serving as chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and is also a member of the House Defense and Veterans Affairs and Redistricting committees, the House Research Organization and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.
Pickett previously served on the Appropriations Committee and as chairman of budget oversight for the Land and Resource Management Committee. He has also held positions on the Border and International Affairs and Criminal Jurisprudence committees, the Select Committee on Individuals Eligible for Immediate Care Facilities, and served as vice chairman of the Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues.
Pickett serves on the national board of directors of the American Metropolitan Planning Organization, is the current chairman of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization and serves on the Texas Transportation Council in Austin. He started his political career as a city council member for the City of El Paso and currently serves 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 Texas at El Paso.
He has been a member of the Lions Club for 18 years, is a former board member of the El Paso Crime Stoppers and formed a non-profit organization that fights graffiti and supervises troubled youth required to serve community service hours. The association was awarded a national honor by the "Keep America Beautiful" organization. It also has been awarded a grant from the Office of the Governor for work in the community.
Pickett has been recognized as the “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Transit Association, the Texas Public Employees’ Association, the Texas DPS Officers´ Association, and the West Texas Poison Control Center Network's. He was recognized as the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards “Representative of the Year.”
Representative Pickett is a proud father of four children, three girls and a boy.