Judy Hawley, former state representative and Port of Corpus Christi Commission chair, civic leader and philanthropist was inducted into the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor at a luncheon and ceremony at the Texas State Aquarium on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Hawley, the 2018 Hall of Honor recipient, was honored for her leadership in developing and promoting transportation infrastructure investments to benefit the Coastal Bend region, Texas and the nation.
“In the view of the board of directors of the Hall of Honor, perhaps what set Judy apart from so many other deserving individuals is her commitment and tireless advocacy efforts to address a full range of transportation issues to enhance rail, highway, waterway, military and energy needs,” said TTI Agency Director Greg Winfree. “This, combined with her legislative background and strong network have given her unusual capabilities to pull people together and make things happen.”
Hawley 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.
Serving four terms in the Texas House of Representatives (1995–2003), Hawley was 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.
Hawley is the 44th member of the Hall of Honor, which was established in 2000 by TTI to recognize select individuals who played pivotal roles in the advancement of transportation in Texas and the nation. Each individual inducted is recognized by a plaque on permanent display in the Hall of Honor, which is located at TTI in Bryan-College Station, Texas.