Houston Treasures

The Honorable William E. “Bill” King

Houston Treasure for 2013

Photo by: Gittings

kingbill 1Bill King is a life-long resident of the Houston area. He was born and raised in Kemah and later attended the University of Houston where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree. Bill currently is President of Southwest Airport Services at Ellington Field and writes a weekly column on politics and public policy for the Houston Chronicle. He has enjoyed a varied business and legal career, including tenures with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP and more recently Bracewell & Giuliani, LP. Bill is an investor and principal in several companies including Global FBO Holdings, Inc., EmLogis Systems, and PolitiCalendar, LLC, an on-line calendar of political events.

His civic involvement has been extensive. In the early 1990s he returned to live in Kemah where he was elected to city council and served two terms as mayor. During his years in public service he has developed a keen interest in public policy issues. He has served on numerous committees and task forces studying issues related to the efficient delivery of public services, especially in the areas of public infrastructure, mobility, environmental stewardship and emergency preparedness.

His civic leadership has directly benefitted Galveston Bay Foundation, Bay Area Houston Economic Development Partnership, Greater Houston Partnership, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Hurricane Preparedness Task Force and Transportation Policy Council.

He has also served on numerous charitable and community boards including the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, of which he is Co-Founder and Chairman, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Crime Stoppers and Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. He has also provided service to Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, United Negro College Fund, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Bill has been honored many times for his public service by organizations as diverse as the Galleria Area Chamber of Commerce, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Awards, the National Hurricane Conference, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Boys & Girls Harbor.

Bill is a proud father and grandfather.

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