Tribpedia: 2013 House Speaker Race

The 2013 Race
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, is seeking a third term in one of the most powerful jobs in Texas politics. But he’s facing a challenge from Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, a Tea Party favorite who entered as another speaker hopeful bowed out of the race.

Initially, Straus’ only challenger was state Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola ...

Speaker Joe Straus walks toward the House on Jan. 8, 2013, the opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature.
Speaker Joe Straus walks toward the House on Jan. 8, 2013, the opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature.

His Job Safe, Straus Now Faces Session's Hurdles

After successfully fending off another challenge to his speakership, Joe Straus faces a tough task in the session. He will have to tackle issues that have been thorny for Republicans in the past — including public education and plans for water and transportation infrastructure — without further alienating the far right.