Hobby School Leadership Speaker Series with Speaker Joe Straus
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Speaker Joe Straus will speak on ethics and leadership, his background, experiences, challenges, and lessons he learned in public life. Straus served as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 2009 until 2019. He was the first Speaker of the House from San Antonio in a century, and he’s the longest-serving Republican Speaker in Texas history.
Speaker Straus has been widely praised for his focus on the core responsibilities of government and his constructive governing style. As the presiding officer of the Texas House, he focused on priorities and issues that support private-sector growth. Speaker Straus has often identified public education as the state’s best economic development tool. Under his leadership, the Texas House pushed for more funding of public schools, improved career readiness, reduced testing and helped more students access needed special education services. The House also put more state universities on the path to top-tier status and made critical investments in higher-education research.