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Emmett to teach at Rice


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Outgoing Harris County judge Ed Emmett said Tuesday he will teach at Rice University, his alma mater, starting in January.

Emmett made the impromptu announcement after a Rice University undergraduate spoke during the public comment portion of Commissioners Court, when he encouraged her to sign up for his class.

“I’ll be teaching a class in the spring and two classes in the fall, and assisting the Kinder Institute on policy projects,” Emmett said.

He will be a non-tenured professor and senior fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Though he said he looks forward to taking a step back from politics, Emmett’s first class will focus on policy topics within the Texas Legislature, which returns to Austin in January.

In an interview at his office, Emmett said Rice President David Leebron approached him last month about joining the faculty. Emmett in November lost his bid for a third full term as county judge, a position he has held since 2007.

I’m sure he’ll do a great job, and I’m sure his classes will be popular. I wonder if now that he is freed of the responsibility of governing and of being a politician, he’ll say some things in these classes that he’d always wanted to but never felt he could before. I’m sure we’ll hear about it if he does.

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  1. I guess leebron, emmett and parker all have something in common. Rice alumni that couldn’t figure out a $15 minimum wage, paid parental leave and childcare assistance after decades on the job.

  2. Ross says:

    Joe, haven’t you understood yet that under State law, neither the City or the County has the power to pass those laws? You are one stupid mofo. Please leave and move to DC, where you can join the other members of the stupid class.

  3. C.L. says:

    Joe Mc. The definition of insanity.