Tag Archives: Speaker of the House

And The Winner Is…


From EmpowerTexans.com,June 9, 2014 by

At the Republican convention in Fort Worth this weekend, we and our partners in the “Life, Liberty & Property” coalition hosted a straw poll – asking the thousands of delegates, alternates and attendees who they would select as the next speaker of the Texas House.

The choices were the two declared candidates – incumbent Joe Straus, challenger Scott Turner – or “other.”

State Rep. Scott Turner (R-Fisco)

The results:

Joe Straus (incumbent) 6.6%
Scott Turner (challenger) 91.5%
Other 1.9%

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Republican Caucus of the Texas Legislature Supports Straus

The Republican Caucus of the Texas Legislature met @ 1:30 PM and by 2:30 PM it concluded with the announcement that the Caucus voted 70 – 30 to support incumbent Speaker of the House Joe Straus!  This was almost a 100% disappointment to the 200 or so spectators gathered in the lobby outside of the exclusive meeting room.

My lunch time with Caleb Troxclair and office visit with Phil King helped me to understand before the meeting some of the tactics which may be tried.  I am pleased with Phil King’s opposition to Speaker Straus, but it is a disappointing thing to see so many Republican legislators seemingly bow to pressures which I believe are not the preferences of their voting constituencies.

Of course, Caucus decisions are not binding.  Anything can happen on the Floor of the House when the agenda tomorrow calls for the 1:00 PM process to begin with the election of a speaker for this term.  I will be in the galley tomorrow to witness what transpires and will report back to you.

There are 150 members of the Texas House.  Republicans have 101 and Democrats have 49.

D. A. Sharpe, Director of Communications
Wise County Republican Party

C:  817-504-6508

Why Ken Paxton Should be Texas Speaker, and Why it Matters

from Redstate.com

Posted by hogan (Profile)


The race for Texas Speaker is now in full sprint. The finish line will be the first week of January – and it’s time for all good Texans to take action to make sure we have a conservative Speaker of the House.

Erick and Drew Ryun have written several posts detailing this fight. Joe Strauss is the incumbent Speaker, having risen to that post two years ago by garnering the overwhelming support of Democrats (65) as well as 11 weak-kneed Republicans. The result? Almost half of committee chairmanships to liberal Democrats and still others to those weak Republicans, causing a much larger percentage of Republican bills to be killed than Democrat bills, and abandonment of important measures like Voter ID.

But while it is obvious that Joe Straus should not be the Texas Speaker – it’s TEXAS, after all – why should it be Ken Paxton, and why should you care?

Ken should be Speaker because he’s a good man, he’s well liked and he’s a limited government conservative with a proven track record. You should care (whether you live in Texas or not) because if we are truly going to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, we must have competent, conservative leadership at the state and local level to promote federalism from the bottom up. Continue reading →

Choosing a conservative Speaker in the Texas House of Representatives


The purpose of this letter is to ask you to:

  • Read my commentary below
  • Scroll down to read the letter from my friend Michael Smith at Heritage Alliance about the Texas House Speaker’s race
  • Read the attached letter signed by conservative leaders throughout Texas
  • Contact your State Representative about choosing a conservative  Speaker in the Texas House of Representatives -directions for doing so are listed below

It won’t be long until the Texas Legislature convenes in January.

As one who has moved to Austin to live there temporarily throughout  the last seven legislative sessions in order to serve as a volunteer lobbyist for the conservative, pro-family organization, Texas Eagle Forum, I can tell you first hand that the very first, as well as the very most important, vote that will be taken this session will be the vote for Speaker of the House. Continue reading →