As you'll see Joe is or isn't just an "average Joe!" Multi talented and multi faceted Joe loves to share his talents and interest with his community. Being a Texas Legislator for the last 18 years has not slowed him down but instead, enabled him to share his interest with everyone! Being the Representative for the 79th District of the House of Representatives in El Paso has been his priority and blessing that he lends his leadership and talents for the people of El Paso and Texas. As you'll see, Joe is an accomplished legislator, writer, welder and all around cleaver guy!
Is he an average Joe?
Well, if you ask him he'll tell you, yes! Look at his accomplishments and talents and you'll see someone who has a lot more behind a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face! Probably the most approachable person in the Texas legislature; he is always ready to talk transportation, automobile collections or welding. Everyone that knows Joe knows he's a real guy, not just some stuffed shirt in it for himself. Always ready to shake a hand and listen, if you never met him, you wouldn't be able to pick him out of the crowd, but, heck, he's the guy standing over there in his short sleeve shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots.
Representative Pickett is married, his wife's name is Shannon and is father to three girls and two boys.
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 in 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 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 as 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'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 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 enhancing the aesthetics of the community through tree planting, cleaning and building renovation projects.
City Representative, 1991-1993
City Council Member, El Paso.
Joe C. Pickett is a member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he is presently serving his tenth term. Rep. Pickett is currently serving as Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. In addition, he is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and the House Committee on Redistricting. He is ranked 13th in seniority of the 150 members of the Texas House.
Representative Pickett is a membership 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.
Over the last 18 years he has been the author of countless pieces of legislation and served previously as Chairman for Defence & Veterans Affairs, Chairman of the Transportatioin Committed, 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. He was also appointed to the Select Committee on Foster Care and Adoption. He also served as a Governor Rick Perry's appointee to his Anti-Crime Committee formed in 2002.
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 Employee's 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.
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.