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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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The Holiday Season at the Texas Capitol

I hope you'll have a chance to visit the state Capitol in the next few weeks and see how the holiday season is celebrated throughout this beautiful and historic building.

In the middle of the House chamber on the Capitol's second floor sits a 23-foot, Texas-grown Christmas tree. The tree is decorated with ornaments collected through the District Ornament Project. Julie began this project back in 2009 as a way to make sure that our entire state is represented on the House tree. Each Member of the House commissions an artist (sometimes a professional, sometimes a student) to decorate an ornament in a way that celebrates his or her House district. Year after year, Julie has done great work coordinating this project.

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