Joe Straus elected Texas Speaker of the House

Moderate Republican Joe Straus has been overwhelmingly re-elected as Speaker of the Texas House.

By an official vote on Tuesday of 132 to 15, Straus successfully fended off a challenge from conservatives who wanted to replace him with one of their own.

This comes after Representative Warren Chisum of Pampa announced he would back Straus following Monday's unofficial vote in the Republican caucus.

Two Republicans abstained from voting.