POSTED: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 10:44am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 12:54pm
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says he has enough support from legislators to secure another term as the chamber's presiding officer.
Straus, a moderate Republican from San Antonio, released the names of 122 lawmakers early Wednesday who he says have pledged him their vote for speaker.
A Republican sweep in the Texas House was expected to impact Straus' chances of winning another term. He's being challenged by Rep. Warren Chisum, a more conservative Republican.
Straus says he is "proud that Republicans have gained a record number of seats in the Texas House, reversing the losing trend for the past three election cycles."
Straus said his pledges of support include 76 Republicans and 46 Democrats.