Joe Straus

Vince Kong / Texas Public Radio

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is concerned a special grant program doesn't help Texas businesses equally, and he shared those concerns with Gov. Greg Abbott.


Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Republican party leaders have censured outgoing Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus. Party leaders said the formal condemnation has to do with Straus’ leadership decision during the last legislative session.

Ryan Poppe

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ announcement to not seek reelection in 2018 and therefore ending his career as House Speaker could mean new political chapter for the San Antonio Republican.  But it could also mean certain doom for House Democrats in 2019.

After serving five terms as House Speaker, Straus says he will not seek a sixth term, which would’ve made him the longest-serving Speaker in the state’s history.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is not running for re-election. It’s a decision that sent shock through the state especially San Antonio. 

A version of this story was first posted by member station KUT.

One of the most powerful Republicans in Texas, state House Speaker Joe Straus, says he will not run for re-election in 2018.

The decision is a blow to the moderate wing of an increasingly conservative Republican Party in the second most-populous state in the nation. Republicans hold every statewide elected office in Texas and control both chambers of the legislature.

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