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Texan of the Year: Joe Straus Sacrificed His Job to Take a Principled Stand

The Dallas Morning News has designated a Texan of the Year since 2003

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    Dallas Morning News Names Joe Straus Texan of the Year

    The Dallas Morning News has named Texas House Speaker Joe Straus as the Texan of the Year. Straus is credited with keeping a bathroom bill from coming to the floor during this year's legislative session. DMN columnist Mitch Schnurman talks about the selection. (Published Friday, Dec. 29, 2017)

    Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has been named The Dallas Morning News' Texan of the Year for protecting the state during the legislative session from what the newspaper says was the "far-right dominance of the Republican Party."

    The newspaper says Straus had "uncommon impact" in 2017 by shielding Texas from "some of its worst political impulses." In its announcement Friday, The Morning News specifically cited Straus' role blocking House passage of the so-called bathroom bill that targeted transgender students, saying his actions prevented serious economic damage to Texas and allowed the state to dodge the taint of state-sanctioned discrimination.

    Straus has said he won't be seeking re-election in 2018, giving up his speaker's post after a record-tying 10 years.

    The newspaper has designated a Texan of the Year since 2003.

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