COMMISSIONER TOM S. RAMSEY, P.E.
Commissioner Tom Ramsey was elected to serve as County Commissioner for Harris County Precinct 3 in November of 2020. His office is responsible for maintaining approximately 47% of all unincorporated Harris County, the largest percentage of all County Commissioners. This includes nearly 6,800 lanes miles of roadway, 69 parks, and 10 Community and Nature Centers. Commissioner Ramsey's Engineering team currently manages approximately $760M worth of infrastructure projects.
With over 44 years of experience as a Professional Engineer serving more than 50 cities and 20 counties in Texas, this award-winning civil engineer turned public servant has a long track record of improving the safety, infrastructure, livability, and financial health of the communities he serves.
As Mayor of Spring Valley Village from 2012-2020, Ramsey reduced the city's tax rate by 21%, and oversaw Spring Valley's climb to becoming the safest neighborhood in Harris County, according to FBI statistics. In 2017, he was awarded Public Official of the Year by the University of Houston, and in 2023, he was named Engineer of the Year by Houston Area Engineering Societies.
Now as County Commissioner, Ramsey continues to prioritize safer neighborhoods, lowering taxes, and improving infrastructure. In 2022, he launched a Crime Task Force, compromised of over a dozen law enforcement agencies from County and City jurisdictions, to combat rising crime. He also led the creation of the Safe Schools Commission, which was unanimously approved by all five Commissioners Court members, to support school safety. Ramsey strongly advocated for I-45 improvements, which includes $1.2B in drainage enhancements, and assisted in getting the expansion back on track. He also carried the torch in obtaining $750M for Harris County from the Texas General Land Office for Hurricane Harvey recovery. Lastly, Ramsey served an integral role in setting the most significant tax revenue decrease, saving taxpayers a quarter-billion dollars.
Outside of him serving the public as Commissioner, Ramsey’s strong faith drives his work at Second Baptist Houston, where he serves as a deacon, teaches two bible study classes, and is Treasurer on the board of Loving Kids, a local initiative launched to help underserved Houston children.
Ramsey is a native of Crockett, Texas, a resident of Harris County for over 35 years, and a graduate of Texas A & M University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He and his wife, Marsha, have three children and seven grandchildren.