State Rep. Joe Straus (R-San Antonio)

Joe Straus

Most recent rating on the Fiscal Responsibility Index: N/A

Cumulative rating on the Fiscal Responsibility Index: C

Joe Straus has not signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

House District 121

First elected in 2006

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Previous ratings on the Fiscal Responsibility Index:

2013: n/a
2011: N/A
2009: N/A
2007: C

Recent Key Votes Made By :

  • Supported levying a “granny tax” on nursing home residents (HB 3778, RV 1048, 80th Legislature)

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Telephone: 512-463-1000

Speaker Straus is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He is graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BA in Political Science, and was elected Speaker of the Texas House for the 2009 session and re-elected for the 2011 session. Speaker Straus has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2006.

Committee Assignments during 83rd Legislative Session: Speaker of the House
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