Joe Straus

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.

State of Texas

Procedural issues thwart the efforts of a group of Bexar County Republicans who want to censure the leadership of House Speaker Joe Straus.  But that group plans to bring the issue back up for a vote at a meeting next month.

Similar to efforts made by more than 50 other county Republican Party groups, some Bexar County GOP precinct chairs would like to censure Straus’ leadership as Speaker.  They say the San Antonio-area Republican too often has set his own agenda and broken away from the party’s platform on issues like creating a statewide transgender bathroom ban.