Joe Pickett

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Joseph C. "Joe" Pickett
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 79th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 4, 2019
Preceded byPat Haggerty
Succeeded byArt Fierro
Personal details
Born (1956-12-06) December 6, 1956 (age 65)
Political partyDemocratic

Joseph C. "Joe" Pickett (born December 6, 1956) is an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1995 until his resignation in January 2019.[1] Pickett represented the 79th District, which encompasses part of El Paso County.

Political career[edit]

Pickett started his political career as a City Council member for the City of El Paso, Texas, defeating the incumbent in 1991. He served on the City Council until he was elected to the position of State Representative for the 79th District in 1994.[2]

He served with three House Speakers (Pete Laney, Tom Craddick and Joe Straus and three governors: (George W. Bush, Rick Perry and Greg Abbott).

In June 2015, Pickett was named by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the "Worst Legislators of 2015,"[3] referencing an incident during a House Transportation Committee meeting where Pickett had another member of the legislature removed. There was a suspicion of the improper registration of witnesses on a certain bill to create a misconception of overwhelming support for the bill up for consideration. In September 2015, the House Committee on General Investigation & Ethics and the Texas Rangers released a finding of no fault on Pickett's behalf and a call for change to the House current Witness Registration was made by the Ethics Committee.

He served on the House Research Organization (HRO) steering committee.[4] In addition, he was a member of the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services, as well as the House Committee on Redistricting. He has also served on the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee, Land and Natural Resources, Juvenile Justice & Family Affairs.

Pickett resigned from the Texas House in January 2019 in order to fight cancer. A special election was called to determine his successor.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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 textbooks on real estate laws for continuing education classes. He is the author of several children's books, including Margo! The Weird Cat! (2006) and Two Apples and Two Cookies.[citation needed]


  • Pickett, Joe C. (2006). Margo! the Weird Cat!. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Aardvark Global Publishing Co. ISBN 978-1-599-71689-3.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Samuels, Alex (December 15, 2018). "State Rep. Joe Pickett to resign from Texas House after nearly 24 years in office". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ Representatives, Texas House of. "Texas House of Representatives".
  3. ^ "The List: Best and Worst 2015". Texas Monthly. June 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "House Research Organization".
  5. ^ Cross, David (January 14, 2019). "Early voting underway for special election to replace state Rep. Joe Pickett". KTXS. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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Preceded by Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 79 (El Paso County)

1995 – present
Succeeded by