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:

NAMEDistrictPARTYFiscal Index Lifetime RatingFiscal Index 2017 RatingLink
Phil King61RB-59%Phil King
Tan Parker63RB-57%Tan Parker
John Zerwas28RF44%John Zerwas
Eric Johnson100DF21%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.

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