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Biographical Profile for Joe Straus
Currently Elected State Representative District 121, Texas
Age: 55
Party: Republican Party of Texas
Phone: (210) 828-4411
Address: 7373 Broadway, Suite 202-A
San Antonio, TX 78209
Joe Straus's positions and views on the issues:
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General: (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
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Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Speaker Straus is a San Antonio native and a fifth-generation Texan. He and his wife Julie have two daughters.
Education: (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
BA, Political Science, Vanderbilt University
Profession: (profession and work experience outside politics)
Deputy Director of Business Liaison, United States Department of Commerce, 1989-1991
Assistant to the Commissioner of Customs, United States Department of Commerce
National Financial Partners
Principal, Watson, Mazur, Bennett & Straus, L.L.C.
Campaign Manager, United States Representative Lamar Smith

Military: (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, discharge date and type)
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Civic: (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Member, Advisory Board, Cancer Therapy and Research Center, present
Member, Board of Directors, San Antonio Zoological Society, present
Member, Advisory Board, Southwest School of Art and Craft, present
Member, Advisory Board, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, present
Member, Board of Directors, Texas Nature Conservancy, present
Member, Board of Directors, Winston School, present
Member, National Financial Partners, present
Member, TexPool Advisory Board, 2000-2004
Precinct Chairman, Terrell Hills
Management Committee, Bexar County Republican Party.
Political: (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
The Honorable Joe Straus was re-elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives by a unanimous vote at the commencement of the 83rd Regular Legislative Session on January 8, 2013. As Speaker, Joe Straus has set a tone of respectful leadership, empowering the members of the Texas House to do what is right for their constituents and for the people of Texas.

In addition to presiding over the Texas House, Speaker Straus serves as the co-chair of the Legislative Budget Board, the State Preservation Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, and the Texas Legislative Council. He is one of five members on the Legislative Redistricting Board. Speaker Straus also serves as a member of the Texas House Republican Caucus.

In the 2007 Legislative Session, Speaker Straus served on the Committee on Economic Development as Vice Chairman, the Committee on Regulated Industries, and the Committee on Local and Consent Calendars.
Religion: (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
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Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Mr. South Texas,2011, from Washington's Birthday Celebration Association and presented in Laredo, Texas for significant and lasting contributions to the growth and development of Laredo and the South Texas region. Speaker Straus is the 61st recipient of the award presented during the 114th year of the celebration.
Big Voices for Little Texans Award, 2010, from Texas CASA for support of the work CASA volunteers do to help protect and serve vulnerable children.
2010 Independent Leadership Award presented by the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas in recognition of his independent and trusted leadership.
Aspen-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2009, selected by invitation only through the Aspen Institute. The Rodel Fellowship program seeks to enhance the underlying values and principles of our democracy and public service, and identifies America's emerging political leaders with reputations for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue.
2009 Inaugural Champion for Nursing Education Award given by the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs for work to address the professional nursing shortage and support increased enrollment and graduation of new Registered Nurses.
Tom C. Frost Award, 2009, created by the University of Texas at San Antonio to honor an outstanding citizen who has provided exceptional leadership to important business and community endeavors.
In 2008, Texas Monthly selected Speaker Straus as one of the 35 Texans who will shape the future of the state.
Defender of the American Dream Award, 2008, from Americans for Prosperity for his record of voting consistently for free enterprise and taxpayer protections. As one of seventeen legislators to receive the "A" rating, Straus authored the bill eliminating the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund tax during the 80th Legislature.
Public Official Award, 2007, given by Texas Public Power Association for leadership and contributions to public power.
Law & Order Award and Freshman of the Year Award, 2005, by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association for h [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
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