In a letter to supporters this morning, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has announced that he will not run for reelection as the State Representative for Texas House District 121 in Bexar County. The shocking news was first reported by the Texas Tribune. Straus stated within the campaign email, “My time as a State Representative and Speaker will end at the conclusion of my current term.”
Straus was first elected Speaker at the start of the 2009 Texas Legislative Session ousting Tom Craddick from west Texas. He did so by gaining the support of 65 Democrat legislators and 11 Republican allies that immediately took hold of the reins of power under the Pink Dome.
Straus vanquished opposition to the gavel in 2011, 2013, and 2015. In 2017, he received a unanimous 150 to 0 recorded vote to enter a recorded-tying fifth term as Speaker.
His announcement ends a tumultuous era in Texas GOP internal fighting. His unpopularity was spiking. Just two weeks ago, he was facing official censure and possible sanctions through the party’s #RULE44 that can only be applied by his own county constituents.
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