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Seven Harris County residents serve as Port Commissioners of the Port of Houston Authority, setting policy and guiding the Port Authority’s executive staff to ensure that the Port of Houston continues to lead as a powerful economic engine for the region and Texas. Port Commissioners volunteer their services and are unpaid, and may serve a maximum of 12 years, or six two-year terms.

The Chairman of the Port Commission is appointed in a joint session of the Harris County Commissioners Court and the Houston City Council, when these two governmental bodies uniquely meet to act together on this important matter.  These two governmental entities also separately act to each appoint two members of the Port Commission. 

The Harris County Mayors’ and Councils Association and the City of Pasadena each appoint one commissioner.  The Harris County Mayors’ and Councils Association is an organization representing 26 cities in Harris County, and Pasadena is the largest city in Harris County barring Houston.

Texas state legislation enacted in 1923 tasked the members of the Port of Houston Authority’s Port Commission to provide oversight of the Houston Pilots. Chapter 66 of the Texas Transportation Code provides that the Houston Port Commissioners serve as the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports, with exclusive jurisdiction over the Houston Pilots, as they undertake the piloting of vessels in Harris County port facilities.  You can learn more about Board of Pilot Commissioners here.

Port Commissioners may be contacted through the Port of Houston Authority:

Telephone: 713-670-2662

Via email: PortCommission@poha.com

Via letter:
c/o Port of Houston Authority
P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas 77252-2562

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VISION
The Port of Houston Authority serves as the maritime gateway to Texas and the heartland of America by leading in global commerce, environmental stewardship, community focus, and economic prosperity.

MISSION
The Port of Houston Authority facilitates commerce, navigation, and safe waterways promoting sustainable trade and generating economic development for the Houston region, Texas, and the nation, while being a model environmental and security steward, and a community-focused and fiscally responsible organization.


 

The Port of Houston Authority

111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
Phone: 713-670-2400

P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562

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The Port of Houston Authority

111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
Phone: 713-670-2400

P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562

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