Last Contested Vote for Texas House Speaker Was in 1975 (Texas Tribune)

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By Aman Batheja
The Texas House of Representatives appears poised to hold its first contested vote for House Speaker in 40 years.

Supporters of both Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio and challenger Scott Turner of Frisco are vowing to force House members to take a record vote on Jan. 13 — the first day of the legislative session — on who they want to lead the lower chamber. Such a vote has not taken place in the Legislature since 1975, when a contentious open race for speaker led to a battle between Democrats Bill Clayton and Carl Parker, according to the Legislative Reference Library. Clayton won with 112 votes to Parker’s 33.

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