AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Speaker Joe Straus has overcome a right-wing challenge from within the Republican party to win an important endorsement from fellow lawmakers.
Republican caucus chairman Larry Taylor said 70 out of 101 Republican House members chose Straus in a non-binding vote Monday. The official vote will take place Tuesday when the legislative session opens and Democrats also have a chance to cast a ballot.
Straus, a San Antonio Republican, needs only 76 votes to keep his job and will likely be re-elected.
The Texas speaker is one of the most powerful jobs in state politics, deciding what bills get a chance to pass.