Since 2009, Robert Earley has served as president and chief executive officer of JPS Health Network, Tarrant County’s $800 million, tax-supported healthcare system with more than 6,000 team members.
After graduating from the University of North Texas with a bachelor of arts in political science, Earley served as a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Tom Vandergriff of Texas in the nation’s capital before returning to his South Texas hometown to seek an elected position of his own. Only 23 at the time, he was the youngest candidate to run for any office in the state legislature that year. He was elected in 1984 to the Texas House of Representatives and served for 10 years. During his decade in the Texas House, Earley served as Chairman of the House Energy Committee, among other leadership assignments.
After five terms in the state House, Earley taught for three years at Texas A&M University in College Station before becoming president and chief executive officer of an Austin-based public affairs firm. His background in politics led to a position as political analyst for KXAN television, the Austin NBC affiliate. He also taught at St. Edward’s University in Austin for 12 years.
Earley joined JPS Health Network in 2005 as a senior vice president focused on community and governmental affairs. The Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers appointed him interim president and CEO in May 2008. In February 2009 he was named president and CEO.
Earley holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from The University of Texas-Arlington’s Fort Worth Center.
Earley and his veterinarian wife, Tricia, have one daughter.