Judy Hawley (Knox College, ’67) of Portland, Texas, has worked tirelessly to promote transportation infrastructure investments to benefit Texas. She spearheaded the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge project and served on the Port of Corpus Christi Commission for more than a decade, retiring in 2016 as Commission Chair. Under her leadership at the port, significant rail and ship channel expansion accommodated energy-related and military deployment transportation needs. As Chair of the I-69 Advisory Committee, Hawley played a critical role in guiding future development of this essential trade corridor linking ports, waterways, rail, airports, and highways throughout Texas.
Hawley served four terms in the Texas House of Representatives (1995–2003), serving as Vice Chair of the Transportation and Energy Resources Committees and Chair of the Rural Caucus. She also represented Texas as Vice Chair of the Southern States Energy Board and as a member of the National Energy Council. In her post-legislative career, Hawley has continued to devote her energies to transportation issues, including serving on the Texas 2030 Committee, which assessed the state’s transportation funding needs; the Border Trade Advisory Committee; and the Texas Transportation Commission Corridor Advisory Board.