Joe Pickett

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Joe Pickett
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Texas State House, District 79
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 19
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Joe Pickett is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 79 since 1995. He previously served on the El Paso City Council.

Pickett is a member of the Lions Club, and sits on the Board of the Advisory Council for Health Sciences at the University of El Paso, Advocacy Center for the Children of El Paso National Board of Directors, American Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Texas Young Men's Christian Association's Policy Council.[1]


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. [2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pickett served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Homeland Security & Public Safety, Chair


Pickett served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 114 - Relating to the repeal of the requirement that certain real estate professionals provide fingerprints to satisfy criminal history check provisions.
  • HB 489 - Relating to the authority of a county or municipality to remove graffiti from private property at the owner's expense.
  • HB 548 - Relating to the impoundment of certain motor vehicles involved in the commission of the offense of racing on a highway.
  • HB 2483 - Relating to the repeal of the authority for the establishment and administration of the Border Health Institute in the city of El Paso.[3]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pickett ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 79. Pickett ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pickett won re-election in District 79 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Libertarian Timothy Flood in the November 2 general election.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 78
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Pickett (D) 10,591 84.33%
Timothy Flood (L) 1,967 15.66%


On November 4, 2008, Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 79th District. Pickett ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 27,604 votes.[6] He raised $89,802 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Pickett raised a total of $202,631 in 2010. Below are Pickett's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[8]

Contributor 2010 total
Texas Association of Realtors $10,000
Union Pacific Corp. $5,000
Dean, David A. $5,000
Texas Optometric Association $4,000
Chickasaw Nation $3,500


Below are Pickett's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Texas Assoc of Realtors $2,500
AT&T $2,016
Hillco Partners $2,000
Trinity Industries $2,000
Texas Assoc of Home Builders $2,000


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[10] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Joe Pickett received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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