AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Rep. Ken Paxton of McKinney is jumping into the Texas House speaker's race.
Paxton announced his bid Thursday to try to unseat incumbent Republican Speaker Joe Straus. Rep. Warren Chisum, a Republican from Pampa, also is in the speaker's race.
Paxton said Election Day voters across the state sent a clear message "that they favor leadership dedicated to protecting our freedoms and fighting government growth." He said conservative principles need to be carried out by a conservative speaker.