Straus Endorses Candidate to Replace Him in House District 121

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Outgoing Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus (left) and Steve Allison, who's in the Republican runoff to replace Straus in Texas House District 121.

Straus: Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune / Allison: Campaign website

Outgoing Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus (left) and Steve Allison, who's in the Republican runoff to replace Straus in Texas House District 121.

Retiring House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, is getting behind a candidate to replace him in House District 121.

Straus on Thursday endorsed San Antonio business attorney Steve Allison in the May 22 Republican runoff for the seat, which Straus has held since 2005. He announced last year he would not seek re-election after a record-tying five terms behind the gavel.

"I am grateful for the voters who have supported me through the years, and now we need you to vote for Steve Allison,” Straus said in a statement. "Steve is the one candidate in this race who has proved himself ready to serve in the Texas House. Steve is a man of strong character and sound judgment, and I have no doubt that he will be an effective voice for our community."

Straus' choice in the race is not entirely surprising. Allison's opponent, Matt Beebe, unsuccessfully challenged Straus twice before, in 2012 and 2014. Beebe finished first in the six-way primary for the seat last month, getting 29 percent of the vote to Allison's 26 percent.

Allison most recently served as vice chairman of the board of VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio's mass transit agency. He previously was a member of the Alamo Heights School Board for a dozen years, including three terms as president.

 

2 thoughts on “Straus Endorses Candidate to Replace Him in House District 121

  1. As a resident of 121 I fully support Matt Beebe, I have met Mr. Allison and tried to have conversations with him, but he has very programmed remarks and little interests in the issues. For too long 121 has experienced no voice and no vote in the Texas house as Mr. Straus would often abstain from voting since he also served as Speaker of the House. A very hard-working and dedicated man Mr. Staus was and I thank him for his service, but time to move on and Matt Beebe is on point, quick to know the facts on many of our issues in District 121 and in Texas, he will fit in well and serve us as dedicated as Mr. Straus did.

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