Tribpedia: 2009 House Speaker's Race

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The 2009 race for Texas House Speaker describes the internal challenge to topple incumbent Republican Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland. The high-stakes contest was characterized by drama of secret meetings, public defections and rumors leaked to reporters. Craddick ultimately lost his bid for a fourth term as speaker to an unexpected challenger, state Rep. Joe Straus III, R-Alamo Heights.

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Speaker's Original Band of 11 Shrinks to Four

Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, speaks in the Capitol Rotunda on January 5, 2009 supported by state representatives wishing to elect a new Speaker of the House.
Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, speaks in the Capitol Rotunda on January 5, 2009 supported by state representatives wishing to elect a new Speaker of the House.

Joe Straus became speaker of the Texas House in 2009 with the help of a relatively small group of Republicans who rebelled against a sitting speaker. Less than five years later, only four of them are left.

State Sen. Pete Gallego
State Sen. Pete Gallego

Pete Gallego: The TT Interview

The 10-term Democratic state representative from Alpine on what he thinks of Tuesday's newly minted Republicans, the perils of party switching, the potential death of the middle and what the 49-member minority does now.

The Political Window Is About to Close

The political window is about to close: Today's the last day to become a candidate in the 2010 state elections. What we know so far is that the ballot will have a fireworks show at the top, with contested and well-financed gubernatorial primaries on both sides. A couple of statewide Democratic races will be competitive, but with incumbents seeking reelection on the Republican side, there's little action there.