Joe Straus

  No one would argue that Republican Joe Straus of San Antonio isn't the most powerful member of the Texas House of Representatives.  Members of the House have continually elected him as their speaker since 2009.   Having the top job has often made the Alamo Heights investment consultant a target for tea party and evangelical critics who say he’s not conservative enough.

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The announcement that Straus was seeking reelection came shortly after the 2015 legislative session, but the campaign didn’t begin to ramp up its efforts until January.   

Speaking at the Texas Association of Business legislative conference Thursday, Straus urged the state’s business leaders to become more involved in the states political and legislative process and to not allow special interest groups, lobbyists, and think tanks to take over the Texas Legislature.

Ryan E. Poppe

Republican Joe Straus of San Antonio will have to fend off two Tea Party opponents this election season to win the GOP nomination for his Texas House seat, but that may make it tougher than usual for Straus to avoid a runoff election.

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On the issue of abortion, House Speaker Joe Straus has identified himself as pro-life.  But in a video released by Bexar County Republicans, Straus struck a more strident tone as he pledged to thoroughly investigate Planned Parenthood.  Political experts say it’s tough talk as the Speaker gears up for reelection.

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Before state representatives could choose Joe Straus to become the Speaker of the Texas House, he had to be elected in the San Antonio district where he lives. He’s now represented House District 121, that stretches from Alamo Heights north towards Hollywood Park, for 10 years.  During that time Straus has faced a number of Republican challengers who’ve claimed Straus isn’t conservative enough. But none of them have had as much political experience as tea party candidate Jeff Judson.

 

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