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First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in a special election in February 2005, Joe Straus represents 121st district. He was elected as Speaker of the House by his peers January 13, 2009 and reelected for a two-year term in 2011. Straus has previously served on the Management Committee of the Bexar County Republican Party, in the administration of President George H. W. Bush as deputy director of Business Liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and also in the Reagan administration as executive assistant to the Commissioner of Customs. Speaker Straus graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Political Science.