Gattis Joins Crowded Race for Texas House Speaker

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Georgetown Rep. Dan Gattis is the 12th candidate to declare he'll seek to unseat Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick next month.

Gattis told the Austin American-Statesman on Sunday his intentions to challenge Craddick, who is seeking a fourth term as speaker after a raucous effort to overthrow him during last year's session.

Gattis, a Republican, had been a Craddick loyalist. The 150-member chamber will elect a speaker to a two-year term when they convene on Jan. 13.

Republicans have a slim 76-74 majority in the House.

House Speaker Tom Craddick

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