Speaker Straus Retires

Speaker Joe Straus, the “most powerful moderate Republican in the Capitol” retires…

“Texas House Speaker Joe Straus shocked Capitol observers Wednesday morning when he announced he would not seek re-election to his House seat in 2018. So what does that mean for the future of Texas politics? Here’s what you need to know:

Was this even expected? Straus, whom many call the most powerful moderate Republican in the Capitol, had previously insisted he would be running for a sixth term as speaker. But in an interview with the Tribune’s Alana Rocha after his announcement, Straus said that upon reflecting with family and friends, he decided “there’s a time that every leader needs to know that it’s time to do something else, to move on …”

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