Tuesday, October, 22, 2019

Sam Pohl,

Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen Will Not Seek Re-Election

AUSTIN, TX – Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced this morning that he will not seek re-election as Speaker or as State Representative. Speaker Bonnen served as a member of the Texas House for more than 20 years and made this decision after much consideration and discussion with his fellow House members.

Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey made the following statement:

“Members of the House Republican Caucus had a decision to make. They made that decision clear, and the Speaker listened.

“The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Platform insists that elected Republican State Representatives nominate a candidate for Speaker of the House from among their Caucus and vote for that candidate on the House floor. We are encouraged by the Caucus’ explicit affirmation of their commitment to do so in their statement released Friday. The RPT is including a form in the filing packet for each candidate for State Representative to declare their individual commitment to this plank. As always – but especially with redistricting at stake in 2021 – we must have no defections on this front.

“The House Republican Caucus is once again in a position to elect a Speaker that will commit to advancing the Legislative Priorities of the RPT and winning a larger majority of the Texas House in the 2020 elections, and we implore them to do so.”