Texas House Speaker Joe Straus won't seek re-election

Oct. 25, 2017 at 10:34 a.m.
Updated Oct. 25, 2017 at 10:34 a.m.

Joe Straus

Joe Straus   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election.

"I believe that in a representative democracy, those who serve in public office should do so for a time, not for a lifetime. And so I want you to know that my family and I have decided that I will not run for re-election next year," Straus said in a campaign email. "My time as a State Representative and as Speaker will end at the conclusion of my current term."

If Straus had remained in office and won the speakership, it would have been a record-breaking sixth term as leader of the chamber. First elected to his district in 2003, Straus has fbeen speaker since 2009.


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