Joe Straus - Republican (Incumbent)
Joe Straus, a fifth-generation Texan and a native of San Antonio, is a small businessman who represents northern Bexar County in the Texas House of Representatives. Joe has also been elected by his colleagues in the House to preside over the chamber as Speaker, making him the first Speaker of the House from San Antonio in more than 100 years.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Joe has an insurance, investments, and executive benefits practice in San Antonio. Three decades ago, he met his wife, Julie, at the Barn Door in San Antonio at a campaign event for Lamar Smith. Julie and Joe have two grown daughters.
Joe has been working to support and elect Republican candidates for most of his life. His mother, Joci Straus, was one of a small but dedicated group of women volunteers who laid the foundation for the Texas Republican Party's rise from a small party with little influence in the middle of the 20th Century to a majority party that today has won every statewide election for more than 20 years. Joe got his own start working in politics by interning for former U.S. Senator John Tower, who delivered a breakthrough Republican victory when he won a U.S. Senate seat in 1961. Joe would later serve in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and he managed Lamar Smith's first campaign for the U.S. House.
Cash on Hand: $22,251.90