Dallas Democrat Eric Johnson Running for Speaker of Texas House

Dallas Democrat Eric Johnson on Wednesday officially filed his candidacy for speaker of the Texas House.Johnson, 42, has represented House District 100 in Dallas since 2010 and is on the Ways and Means, Investments and Financial Services, and Redistricting committees.He planned to issue a statement Wednesday about his candidacy.Johnson, at best, is a long-shot candidate for speaker. Democrats are in the deep minority in the Texas House and it's extremely unlikely that he'll get the Republican votes necessary to win.Republicans are trying to pick the next speaker from within their own caucus before a vote on the floor. And although Democrats could have a strong voice in electing the next speaker, that lawmaker will probably come from the ranks of the GOP.  Continue reading...

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