BA-Political Science, Vanderbilt UniversityJOE STRAUS III
(R) Speaker of the House
Born September 1, 1959. Education: B.A.-Political Science, Vanderbilt University. Elected to the 79th Legislature on February 5, 2005. Served in the administration of President Ronald Reagan at what was then called the U.S. Customs Service. Served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush at the U.S. Department of Commerce. San Antonio native and fifth-generation Texan. Principal in an insurance, investments and executive benefits business. Former Chairman of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee. Most recently elected Speaker by a 150-0 vote in January 2017.
Speaker of the House, 2009-present.
Contact and Phone Numbers
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-1000
Capitol Fax: (512) 463-0675 Joe.Straus@house.texas.gov
Other Offices Held
TX House Representative (Texas House of Representatives)
Co-Vice Chair (Preservation Board, State)
Speaker of the House (Legislative Reference Library)
Board Member (Bond Review Board, Texas)
Co Chairman (Legislative Budget Board)
Chair (Legislative Council, Texas)
Joint Chair, Speaker of the House (Auditor's Office, State)