With disgraced House Speaker Joe Straus not returning to the dais or the legislature, among the first votes cast by the Texas House in January 2019 will be for a new leader of the state’s lower chamber.
Three Republicans and one Democrat have declared their intentions to run. They are:
|NAME||District||PARTY||Fiscal Index Lifetime Rating||Fiscal Index 2017 Rating||Link|
|Phil King||61||R||B-||59%||Phil King|
|Tan Parker||63||R||B-||57%||Tan Parker|
|John Zerwas||28||R||F||44%||John Zerwas|
|Eric Johnson||100||D||F||21%||Eric Johnson|
Meanwhile, persistent rumors in Austin indicate State Rep. Drew Darby (R- San Angelo) is trying to put together a coalition of Democrats and establishment Republicans to support a run.
At the 2018 Texas GOP Convention, Empower Texans is hosting a straw poll regarding which declared Republican candidate should be the next speaker. Anyone can participate by texting “strawpoll” to 313131. The results will be announced Saturday, June 16.