Updated, 3:12 p.m.:
Jason Embry, spokesman for House Speaker Joe Straus, responded to the news of Turner's speaker candidacy with the following statement:
"Speaker Straus is focused on serving his constituents and supporting his colleagues as they build on the successes of the 2013 legislative session, including a balanced budget, tax relief, education reform and historic action to address our water crisis."
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“I’m really excited about the possibility to serve our members and to help them as they serve our constituency as I serve mine continuingly,” Turner said.
"I’m excited about the future of our state, and I’m excited about the opportunity to set forth a vision for our state going forward," Turner said.
Straus won the job away from Tom Craddick, R-Midland, at the beginning of the 2009 legislative session and fended off a serious challenge from Ken Paxton, R-McKinney (now a state senator running for attorney general) two years later. Speakers are elected by the 150 members of the House; adding Turner as an alternative to Straus gives candidates and voters an opportunity, if they want to take it, to make the 2015 race for speaker a debating point in this year's elections.
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