Joe Straus

Ryan E. Poppe

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.

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.