Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus to Keynote TWA Annual Convention
The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) celebrates 31 years of promoting effective habitat conservation and responsible hunting through private land stewardship at its annual convention, WildLife 2016 on July 14-17, in San Antonio.
The annual convention, touted as one of the “family-friendliest parties in Texas,” is hosted at the beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. The Texas Wildlife Association is a non-profit organization serving Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources. TWA’s over 10,000 members own or manage approximately 40 million acres of rangeland and wildlife habitat in Texas.
Wildlife enthusiasts from across Texas will come together for three days of fun, education, and top-notch networking. Each year more than 1,500 people attend this premier event. Registration information is available at: http://www.texas-wildlife.org/program-areas/category/wildlife-2016.
Keynoting the Saturday, July 16 TWA General Session and Awards Luncheon will be the Honorable Joe Straus. Straus, a fifth-generation Texan, is a State Representative from San Antonio who has also been elected by his colleagues to serve as Speaker of the Texas House. He was first elected Speaker in 2009 and his colleagues have since re-elected him three times by overwhelming margins.
Under the leadership of Speaker Straus, the House has helped the Texas private sector build the strongest economy in the country. He and his colleagues have worked to improve college and career readiness in public schools, to relieve traffic congestion throughout the state, and to make state government more efficient and transparent. Speaker Straus also led the successful push in 2013 to address the state’s growing water crisis. Under his leadership, the House has repeatedly balanced the state budget without higher taxes while prioritizing education, public safety and infrastructure.