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Texas Politics Speaker Series: House Speaker Joe Straus

Wed, March 29, 2017
Texas Politics Speaker Series: House Speaker Joe Straus
James Henson interviews Speaker Joe Straus (right), 2015. Photo by Ryan Miller, Texas Politics Project

What: Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus addressed policy issues facing the 85th Texas Legislature including the state’s budget, public education and the implications of the 2016 election for Texas, in a live-streamed interview conducted by James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at The University of Texas at Austin.

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When: Noon, Friday, March 24.

Where: Mezes Hall, studio 6, 158 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

Background: Elected speaker of the Texas House in January 2009, Straus is at the center of the legislative processes, affecting UT Austin students, faculty members and staffers, as well as millions of other Texans.

“We’re happy to have the opportunity to talk with Speaker Straus as the state’s leadership continues to debate the state’s priorities during the legislative session,” Henson said. “The outcome of debates currently taking place in the Texas Legislature over budget priorities has implications for everyone who lives in the state, and Speaker Straus is one of the major voices in those debates.” 

The Texas Politics Project is affiliated with the Department of Government in the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin. The Texas Politics Project Speaker Series, established in 2004, is designed to aid Texans in becoming more thoughtful and effective participants in their government.


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