Joe Straus's file:

Republican from Texas

State Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, is speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Members initially tapped him for the post in 2009.

Recent statements involving Joe Straus

Says Texas lawmakers last year expanded public education’s share of state spending.

Says state budget deal between Texas House and Senate leaders "funds nursing homes, our public schools and universities and provides financial aid for college students."

"Following the 2009 session," Texas House Speaker Joe Straus "was acknowledged and ‘thanked’ for his ‘tireless efforts’ by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s premier abortion provider."

Says Joe Straus "was co-author of a bill that would have allowed Planned Parenthood to control public school sex education."

Says the Texas House has "a record number of new members joining our ranks."

Recent stories featuring Joe Straus

A $300 million fact check:

As lawmakers convened, a state board authorized the release of millions of dollars for public schools--reminding us of a pair of relevant fact checks.

Your moment of Zen: The Daily Show lampoons the Texas House :

Comedy Central took on Republicans who called for a Christian conservative to lead the House, prompting us to revisit statements about the speaker’s race.

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