Joe Straus – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Representative District 121, Texas

Republican Party of Texas
7373 Broadway, Suite 202-ASan Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 828-4411
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.

Profession (professional 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

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.

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

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

BA, Political Science, Vanderbilt University

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