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Speaker Straus Files For Re-election

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus filed Monday to run for re-election in House District 121.

Speaker Straus filed his re-election paperwork at Bexar County Republican Party Headquarters and said he’s looking forward to talking to voters about the conservative results he has delivered.

“I’m proud that we have prioritized education, secured new water supplies and improved transportation, all within a balanced budget,” said Speaker Straus, R-San Antonio. “But there is more work to be done. Our school finance system is under court review, the fall of oil prices will affect our economy in a significant way and we are working to address issues such as mental health care. I also look forward to working with a new Republican President on issues that require state and federal collaboration.”

Speaker Straus has been a Member of the Texas House since 2005. His colleagues unanimously elected him to preside over the House as Speaker in 2009. They have since re-elected him overwhelmingly three times.

During his time as Speaker, the House has:

  • Balanced four state budgets and provided billions of dollars in tax relief, including a 25 percent reduction in the business margins tax.

  • Improved career readiness in public schools and reduced excessive standardized testing.

  • Provided a stable, long-term funding source to implement the State Water Plan.

  • Secured billions of dollars in new funding for transportation without higher taxes.

  • Increased transparency in the state budget by ending billions of dollars in diversions.

  • Required photo ID in Texas elections.

  • Sent hundreds of new state troopers to patrol the Texas-Mexico border.

“One of the reasons I am running again is because I believe in the kind of leadership my colleagues and I have established in the Texas House,” Speaker Straus said. “The House is a national model not only for conservative legislation, but also for our constructive and results-oriented approach to governing.”

Speaker Straus is a San Antonio native and fifth-generation Texan. He served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and he managed Lamar Smith’s first campaign for Congress. Before running for the Texas House, he served as a Republican precinct chairman in Bexar County and on the Bexar County Republican Party Management Committee. He and his wife, Julie, live in San Antonio and have two daughters.

House District 121 includes parts of northern San Antonio, as well as the communities of Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills and Olmos Park.