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 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 on Monday sent five members to negotiate a budget with the Senate, 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.

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.