Third Texas House speaker candidate emerges

  • Johnathan Silver
  • American-Statesman Staff
6:35 p.m Thursday, March 8, 2018 Local
Rep. Sylvester Turner, left, and Rep. Tan Parker celebrate the end of the legislative session in the House Chamber at the Capitol on Monday June 1, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

State Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, became the third Republican to enter the race for Texas House speaker Thursday.

Parker, who was first elected to the House in 2006, is chairman of the Investments and Financial Services Committee and sits on the Redistricting, and International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs committees.

Parker joins speaker candidates Phil King, R-Weatherford, and John Zerwas, R-Richmond. Current House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, announced in October he wouldn’t seek re-election.

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