Center for Public Policy Priorities
2019 Texas Legacy
2019 Texas Legacy - Joe Straus
Speaker Joe Straus to receive Texas Legacy Award

The Center for Public Policy Priorities will honor former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus with its 2019 Texas Legacy Award for his belief in data and facts, passion for public education, and commitment to civil discourse. Speaker Straus joins a distinguished group of leaders who have dedicated their lives and careers to improving Texas through public policy and public service.

CPPP honors Speaker Straus’ efforts to advance pragmatic policy solutions for Texas despite heightened political polarization. Throughout his long career and service as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Speaker Straus has set a tone of respectful leadership and constructive governance. Like CPPP, Speaker Straus values credible data and facts as the foundation for public policy solutions.

"Speaker Straus has been a pragmatic voice on some of the most critical issues affecting Texans’ lives, including remodeling our public school finance system and expanding mental health and substance use protections,” said Ann Beeson, CEO of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “By honoring Speaker Straus with the Legacy Award, we acknowledge the Speaker’s efforts to counter hateful hyperbole with data and facts – tools we know are the foundation of responsible public policy. The selection of Speaker Straus honors CPPP’s firm commitment to non-partisan, fact-driven public policy above all else."

Speaker Straus is a San Antonio native and fifth generation Texan. Straus served as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from January 2009 through January 2019. Speaker Straus joined the Texas House of Representatives in January 2005.

"I am grateful for this recognition and for the work that CPPP does to equip legislators with factual information about policy challenges facing our state," Speaker Straus said. "While I have at times taken a different approach to issues than CPPP has advocated, I have always respected the organization's commitment to a well-informed and robust debate about what is best for our state's future. I look forward to receiving this award."

The Legacy Luncheon is an 18-year Texas tradition. Recent honorees include: Cecilia and Garrett Boone, Mayor Bill White, Senator Lloyd and B.A. Bentsen, Ambassador Ron Kirk, Luci Baines Johnson, and Mary Alice and Henry Cisneros.

"In an era of unprecedented partisanship and misplaced priorities, Speaker Straus has repeatedly looked out for the best interests of Texans," said CPPP Board Chair Veletta Forsythe Lill. "We are honored to celebrate Speaker Straus and his commitment to the type of fact-driven, responsible public policy that powers the Center for Public Policy Priorities."

This year's awards ceremony will take place at the CPPP Legacy Luncheon on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Austin from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For sponsorship information, please contact [email protected].
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