Craddick Gives Up Bid for Speaker of House, Straus is Likely Replacement
Tom Craddick is giving up his bid for a fourth term as Texas House Speaker, and it appears his replacement will be San Antonio Republican Joe Straus.
Straus already has a list of 94 supporters which is more than enough to win the election early next week. Fellow republican, John Smithee of Amarillo, is also being considered, but is thought to be a long-shot.
Straus held a news conference in Austin Monday. He was surrounded by supporters from both sides of the aisle.
"We have 140 days to do an awful lot of work. And you can not pass a bill without 76 votes," said Straus. "I know you've noticed that there are 76 democrats working here now so to say they are not valued and important and want them onboard to support me would be absurd. So I'm happy to have their support."
Craddick became Speaker in 2003, and is the longest serving Republican in state elective office.