Joe Straus

Ryan E. Poppe

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.


Failed Attempt to Rebuke Lawmakers Riles Texas GOP

Jun 14, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

The Texas GOP has abandoned an effort to issue an official statement on the 84th legislative session, divided over a proposed resolution that initially would have accused individual lawmakers of standing in the way of gun rights legislation.  

The resolution that named legislators never made it out of a committee of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), and the full body never voted on a version of it with softer language.

But the very prospect of it riled some party leaders, sparking heated debate about the committee’s role in the Capitol and seriously complicating party fundraising in at least one instance.  

Straus Files for Another Term as Speaker

Jun 4, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Courtesy: The Texas Tribune

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is officially seeking another term wielding the gavel.  

The San Antonio Republican on Monday filed papers with the state Ethics Commission to run for speaker again, according to his office. If re-elected, he will bid for a fifth term at the helm of the lower chamber, rivaling Pete Laney and Gib Lewis as the longest-serving speakers.  Straus easily won a fourth term as speaker in January, earning the support of all but 19 House members. Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, had challenged him.   

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The final bang of the gavel was followed by a unanimous cheer that the session had come to an end. For one San Antonio lawmaker, Monday was about saying goodbye. 

  Since 2007, Democratic Rep. Joe Farias has served in the House, making veterans’ affairs one of his number one issues.  This session, Farias said he was proud to have helped keep veterans’ tuition benefits intact.