TEXAS (July 15, 2021)— Joe Moody, one of House Speaker Dade Phelan’s closest Democratic allies, is the first Democrat to suffer political backlash after the quorum break. The Texas Democrat leader flew to Washington aboard a private chartered alone with several of his colleagues on an airplane. He has attended Press Conference in support of his parties objections to Texas voting reform laws—but he was present in the chambers when he was stripped of his position as speaker pro tem. Thursday, El Paso Democrat Joe Moody was stripped of his position as speaker pro tem of the Texas House on Thursday in the first major backlash for a Democrat who left the chamber to prevent a vote on a GOP priority elections bill.
House Speaker Dade Phelan, a Beaumont Republican, announced the removal of Moody as speaker pro tem in a memo Thursday morning before the House was set to return on Thursday. He gave no statement but said the removal was effective immediately.
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“The most important titles in my life will never change: Dad, Husband, El Pasoan,” Moody said in a statement. “Nothing political has ever even cracked the top three, so nothing has changed about who I am or what my values are.”
Moody also has an arrest warrant waiting to be served upon his return to Texas.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Photo: El Paso Democrat Joe Moody was stripped of his title as speaker pro tem after breaking quorum with other House Democrats on Monday to prevent debate on a GOP priority bill on elections. Credit: Evan L’Roy/The Texas Tribune