By The Numbers : Straus’ New Committee Chairs


Despite Joe Straus’ lofty language calling for unity in the House Republican Caucus in the wake of the leadership fight, his committee assignments for the 2011 session reflect what some consider a vindictive streak toward those representatives who challenged Straus’ leadership:

“Despite claims there would be no retributions, it’s interesting to note that State Rep. Ken Paxton (R-McKinney), who mounted a grassroots’ challenge to Mr. Straus’ speakership, was removed from his long-held position on Ways & Means and placed on hinterland committees chaired by liberals. Same goes for several of his allies.” (Michael Quinn Sulivan)

The Austin American-Statesman has made similar observations:

“Look at some of the speaker

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