Joseph Pickett – HD 79

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Representative Pickett started his political career as a City Council Member for the City of El Paso, Texas. 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 textbooks used for pre-licensure as well as continuing education courses. He is also the author of 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’s civic involvement, past and present has included 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, works to enhancing the aesthetics of the community through tree planting, cleaning and building renovation projects. 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.

His love of cars has earned him the reputation of being somewhat of a car collector. He has owned one-of-a-kind celebrity vehicles built for the actor John Wayne and southwestern artist Ted DeGrazia. He has an English double decker bus, a World War II Dodge power wagon, custom cars, fire truck, other English vehicles, four wheel, two wheel, short and long. Many serve duty in the numerous parades in El Paso through the year. A 1916 Dodge Brothers Roadster with a Black Jack Pershing connection. Something different is always showing up at the shop!

At Current, he is also the only legislator who is licensed by the Department of Public Safety to hold License to Carry, LTC classes. He teaches primarily in El Paso at the Law Enforcement Training Center of El Paso Community College.

Representative Pickett is married, his wife’s name is Shannon and is a father to three girls and two boys.

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