Speaker Straus is a San Antonio native and a fifth-generation Texan. He and his wife Julie have two daughters.
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
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.
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.
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
BA, Political Science, Vanderbilt University