Is Texas Growing Twice As Fast As The Rest of the Nation?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensFebruary 10, 2016 9:30 am

You’ve seen the traffic, the rising real estate costs, and the crowded grocery store lines. Texas seems to be getting more and more crowded. So much so, in fact, that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says our state is growing twice as fast as the rest of the country.

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

A campaign video put out by House Speaker Joe Straus, the San Antonio Republican, shows him talking up his re-election hopes and throwing out a claim about huge Texas growth.

The video, posted Dec. 17, 2015, opens with Straus signing papers to run for re-election, where he’ll face off in the March 2016 Republican primary for the District 121 seat against former schoolteacher Sheila Bean and Jeff Judson, a former San Antonio tea party director.

Straus, shown shaking hands with people, also says: “Texas is growing twice as fast as the rest of the country. This is a time for men and women who are ready to confront our challenges with humility and with purpose.”

Hear how this claim scored in the player above.