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Warren Chisum announces run for House Speaker

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Conservative lawmaker Warren Chisum has entered the Texas house speaker's race.

The republican from Pampa filed his speaker candidacy paperwork on Wednesday with the House Ethics Commission in Austin.

Chisum has been considering a run for several weeks.

He will run against a representative from Tyler and incumbent republican speaker Joe Straus, a moderate from San Antonio who took over as speaker in 2009.

Chisum has said he wants to make sure experienced leaders are in place to tackle the state's mounting budget shortfall in 2011.

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