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Richard Campo Appointed New Chairman of the Port Commission
News Release
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Houston Business Leader Wins Majority Vote in Special Joint Session Led By County Judge Lina Hidalgo

Harris County, Texas – Richard “Ric” Campo was appointed Chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority today after receiving a majority of the vote in a special joint session of the Harris Commissioners Court and the Houston City Council. Campo is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT).  

“Ric Campo’s business background, entrepreneurial spirit, and his commitment to innovation will enable him to lead our Port to incredible heights,” said Harris County Judge Hidalgo.  “Mayor Turner and I worked together to arrive at a strong consensus candidate we hoped our colleagues would get behind. Mr. Campo has committed to me not just to ensure the Port continues thriving economically, but to do so in a way that looks after the Port’s employees and the surrounding communities.”Hidalgo presided over the joint meeting.

Campo serves on the board of directors for several organizations focused on economic development,  including Central Houston, Inc., the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and the Greater Houston Partnership. He also serves on the  Executive Advisory Board for the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, and he is the Chairman of the Houston First Corporation, a local government corporation that facilitates the city’s economic growth through the business of conventions and the arts. Campo is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Port commissioners serve two-year terms without pay.  The appointment process for the Port Commission Chair is set by a Texas law requiring that Harris County Commissioners and the Houston Mayor and City Council members meet at the Port Authority on the second Monday in January of odd-numbered years. Votes for the chairman are split between Harris County Commissioners and Houston City Council. Judge Hidalgo and county commissioners receive 3.4 votes and Mayor Sylvester Turner and city council members have one vote each.  

Thursday’s special session was called after an initial meeting on January 14 did not result in any candidate receiving a majority of the vote.

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