House Speaker Joe Straus says he's got 122 votes for another term as speaker — in spite of the fact that at least a dozen of his past supporters were defeated in Tuesday's election.
"On the night of this landmark election, Texas heard a resounding call from voters for continued fiscal responsibility and conservative leadership in Austin," he said in a press release after midnight. "I am proud that Republicans have gained a record number of seats in the Texas House, reversing the losing trend for the past three election cycles."
"As Speaker, I congratulate every House candidate elected tonight, and I look forward to working with each member for the good of our state. I will continue to lead the Texas House in a fair and respectful way as Speaker, and at this early hour, I'm grateful to have 122 colleagues support me for Speaker, including 76 Republicans and 46 Democrats, and I look forward to visiting with more members in the coming days."
Confirmed List of Pledges for Republican Texas House Speaker Joe Straus
UPDATED: November 3, 2010 12:00 a.m.
Anderson, Charles "Doc"
Aycock, Jimmie Don
Button, Angie Chen
Callegari, William "Bill"
Lucio III, Eddie
Mallory Caraway, Barbara
McClendon, Ruth Jones
Munoz, Sergio, Jr.
*Partial Listing as of 12:00 a.m; 11/3/2010
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