Tribpedia: Speaker Of The House

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The Texas Speaker of the House is elected on the first day of each regular legislative session by the 150 members of the body. It's a highly powerful position in Texas government. The speaker, along with the governor and lieutenant governor, sets the legislative agenda and rewards his supporters with committee assignments to advance their careers and the interests ...

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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.

Speaker's Original Band of 11 Shrinks to Four

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.

House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the 83rd Legislative session at Sine Die 5:03 PM on May 27, 2013.
House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the 83rd Legislative session at Sine Die 5:03 PM on May 27, 2013.

Polling Center: Joe Straus and the Other Republicans

Many statewide Republican candidates are running to the right to position themselves for the primaries, but the Speaker of the House enjoys a rarified position: An office with statewide reach that doesn't appear on the statewide ballot.

House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.

Straus Picks Lead Budget Negotiators

The House sent five members to negotiate a budget with the Senate Monday, with instructions to avoid anything that looks like it would expand the state's Medicaid program. 

House members huddle at dais on February 14th, 2013
House members huddle at dais on February 14th, 2013

First Impressions

Texas Weekly

The Texas House is about to hold its first debate, and on a spending bill, to boot. It will pass, because it must. But watch how they work.

Inside Out in the House Speaker's Race

Third parties — outsiders — can't vote in the race for Speaker of the House. But the lawmakers who will actually elect the speaker next month are listening, and acting, on what's going on outside. This intervention has forced House members to defend a process that, left to them, would be more about internal politics and less about ideology.

Rep. David Simpson and Rep. Joe Straus are running for Speaker of the House.
Rep. David Simpson and Rep. Joe Straus are running for Speaker of the House.

House Speaker's Race is Bluffing Game for Now

In the race for speaker of the Texas House, everybody has the votes they need. Or they're well on their way. Or at least that's what they're telling the rest of us. When it comes to specifics, they stay mum. Because the worst place to be in a speaker’s race is on the losing side — and a change in momentum can scatter supporters quickly.

State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, delivers a personal privilege speech at the end of the House session on June 29, 2011.
State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, delivers a personal privilege speech at the end of the House session on June 29, 2011.

Speaker Race: Simpson Praying, Hughes Staying

Texas Weekly

House Speaker Joe Straus has the votes to win reelection, according to his loyalists. But he's got a declared opponent and another in the wings, and they've got a month to work with.

House Speaker Joe Straus holds a press briefing at the Omni Hotel, Fort Worth on June 8, 2012.
House Speaker Joe Straus holds a press briefing at the Omni Hotel, Fort Worth on June 8, 2012.

Straus Says He's Ready for "Serious" Session

Despite organized efforts to unseat him, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday he is confident his colleagues will re-elect him to the post so he can focus the 2013 legislative session on “serious issues” for a fast-growing state. His opponent, state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, officially launched his campaign for speaker this week.  

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, ponders a reporter's question at a press briefing May 30, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, ponders a reporter's question at a press briefing May 30, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.

For House Speaker, a Different Kind of Challenge

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has at least one opponent in his bid for a third term in that job, and another potential opponent is considering a run. But the circumstances that undid Straus' predecessors in the post don't exist now.