Governor-elect Greg Abbott applauds while listening to Representative Joe Straus, who was re-elected as speaker of the house, during the first day of the 84th legislative session at the Texas state capitol on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)
Governor-elect Greg Abbott applauds while listening to Representative Joe Straus, who was re-elected as speaker of the house, during the first day of the 84th legislative session at the Texas state capitol on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News) Ashley Landis The Dallas Morning News
Governor-elect Greg Abbott applauds while listening to Representative Joe Straus, who was re-elected as speaker of the house, during the first day of the 84th legislative session at the Texas state capitol on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News) Ashley Landis The Dallas Morning News

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January 16, 2015 8:09 PM