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Joe Straus of San Antonio smiles after being elected Speaker of the House for the second consecutive session as the upcoming 82nd Legislative session gets underway. Texas has weathered the economic crisis better than most states but still faces a potential $27-billion shortfall in the next fiscal year. Next to Straus is his wife Julie.

Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus hasn’t ruled out running for public office in 2022. Credit: Robert Daemmrich / Corbis via Getty Images

Joe Straus of San Antonio smiles after being elected Speaker of the House for the second consecutive session as the upcoming 82nd Legislative session gets underway. Texas has weathered the economic crisis better than most states but still faces a potential $27-billion shortfall in the next fiscal year. Next to Straus is his wife Julie.