|Texas House of Representatives District 121|
| Assumed office|
| Current term ends|
January 11, 2013
Straus has worked as Deputy Director of Business Liaison and Assistant to the Commissioner of Customs for the United States Department of Commerce.
He is a member of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center Advisory Board, San Antonio Zoological Society Board of Directors, Southwest School of Art and Craft Advisory Board, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Advisory Board, Texas Nature Conservancy Board of Directors, Winston School Board of Directors, and member of National Financial Partners.
Straus did not provide answers to the 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
- HB 122 - Relating to the use of certain court costs in a criminal case for municipal programs enhancing public safety and security.
- HB 135 - Relating to the elimination of straight-party voting.
- HB 346 - Relating to the refund of the sales taxes imposed on real property repair and remodeling services for certain energy efficient facilities.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 121 |
2010 General election results
|Joe Straus (R)||32,713||100%|
On November 4, 2008, Straus won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 121st District, receiving 44,472 votes ahead of Libertarian Arthur Thomas IV (11,380). He raised $378,593 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 121|
|Joe Straus (R)||44,472||79.62%|
|Arthur M. Thomas, IV||11,380||20.37%|
2011 speaker race
Straus was elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for a second term at the start of the 82nd legislative session on January 11, 2010 in a 132-15 vote. The lead up to the speaker vote was a hot and heavily covered political issue in Texas, but finished anticlimactically. Ken Paxton of District 70 and Warren Chisum of District 88 challenged Straus for the speaker seat by calling his conservative principles into question and promising leadership that more closely reflected the conservative Republican majority. While the rhetoric remained high amongst conservative activists and a handful of representatives right until the vote, both Chisum and Paxton dropped out of the race prior to the formal vote after it was overwhelmingly apparent Straus would keep his speaker seat.
Straus raised $378,593 in 2008. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.
|Charles C Butt||$15,000|
|AIM Investment Services||$13,896|
|Frost National Bank||$9,915|
- Joe Straus's campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Straus
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Joe Straus on Twitter
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 121 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Joe Straus on Twitter
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Straus
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Straus Issue Positions
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Straus
- Official Texas Election Results
- Texas House official election results for 2008
- District 121 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Texas Tribune, "Straus formally voted speaker", January 11, 2010
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
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