Joe Straus has filed notice that he intends to run for another term as Texas House speaker.
Of course, the San Antonio Republican has to get re-elected to his House seat first, but if House members select him as their speaker when they convene in 2017, it will be his fifth term in that office.
There’s a better-than-even chance that another House member will challenge Straus for the gavel and high seat.
He’s not as ultra-conservative or the Tea Party devotee that some members want — never has been.
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This year, Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, sought to unseat him. But Turner only got 19 votes in the 150-member body.
The key to Straus’ longevity is no secret: He knows House members. No matter what the public political rhetoric, he doesn’t push votes on issues a majority of those members would just as soon let die.
That was what he offered when members picked him as speaker in 2009, and he hasn’t changed.
The House speaker, with the governor and lieutenant governor, is one of the state’s top leaders.
Straus has done the job well.