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Newsletter: Good Candidates Win Across Texas

Voters across Texas have chosen strong Republican candidates to compete for seats in the Texas House this year.

When I announced last October that I would not run for re-election to the House in 2018, I said I would still remain active in the electoral process by supporting responsible Republican legislators and candidates. Thanks in large part to your generous support, I was able to give more than $1 million from my political funds to House candidates and Republican organizations during this year's primary and runoff elections. The goal was to help promote a thoughtful and serious approach to the state's challenges.

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Speaker Straus Puts More Than $1 Million Behind Republican Candidates

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has used more than $1 million from his political funds to support Republican legislative candidates this year.

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Speaker Straus Honored For Efforts to Protect Children

The Children's Shelter awarded Texas House Speaker Joe Straus with the Angel of the Shelter Award on Thursday for his leadership in protecting children from abuse across Texas.

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Newsletter: Polls Open This Weekend

Early voting in the Republican and Democratic primary elections is underway. In fact, the polls are open this weekend, and I hope you can take a few minutes to vote in these critical contests.

I've often said that we need more Texans voting in primaries so that candidates are responsive and accountable to a broader set of Texans and their concerns. Unfortunately, some elected leaders in Austin and their allies have been trying to discourage voting among one important group of Texans: School teachers.

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Speaker Straus Named Texan of the Year

The Dallas Morning News named House Speaker Joe Straus the 2017 Texan of the Year on Friday, citing his successful efforts to stop legislation that targeted vulnerable Texans and would have caused severe harm to the Texas economy.

Under the leadership of Speaker Straus, the Texas House chose not to pass so-called bathroom legislation that was similar to a much-criticized law passed in North Carolina.

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