UPDATE: Oct. 22, 1:36 p.m.
Statements have been released on the announcement by Dennis Bonnen not seeking reelection.
State Rep. Drew Springer said, “The Republican Caucus met last Friday to discuss the Speaker’s actions. The Caucus agreed to condemn the actions of the Speaker at that time.
However, after 48 hours of reflection and conversation with scores of colleagues and citizen feedback from HD 68, it became clear the Texas House needed new leadership to heal & unify the Republicans to maintain a majority. After hearing from me and others, Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced he would not seek re-election in a statement released this morning.
Speaker Bonnen led an incredibly successful 86th Session for education and taxpayers. I thank him for his years of service to Texas, and I look forward to new Republican leadership continuing to move Texas forward.”
State Rep. Drew James Frank, said the following:
“I sincerely appreciate Speaker Bonnen announcing today that he will not seek re-election. Dennis Bonnen has long served the state of Texas, the Texas House, and his constituents well and I hope those facts are not forgotten.
With that said, his recent mistakes were egregious and significant and dramatically undermined the trust of House members and the public. Without that trust, it is impossible to be an effective Speaker of the House. That is why I believe this decision is in the best interest of the state, members of the House, and for the Speaker personally.
The Texas House is a diverse body, full of members from different backgrounds and with divergent visions for how to make Texas better. When we are elected to these positions, we are given the public’s trust and our constituents expect us to maintain a certain level of decorum and professionalism in how we approach the job.
The Speaker is entrusted with the responsibility and privilege of leading the body and for allowing the will of the members and their constituents to work itself out. I hope that the Speaker’s decision to not seek reelection will allow space for the necessary healing to occur.
My focuses for this interim remain the same as they have been: serving the constituents of House District 69, developing a policy framework for continued improvement in the child welfare system, reducing healthcare costs and improving access to care, and the 2020 elections.”
AUSTIN, Texas — Speaker Dennis Bonnen has released the following statement:
“Since Friday, I have had numerous conversations with Members who care deeply about the Texas House, and I respect the manner in which they have handled this entire situation. After much prayer, consultation, and thoughtful consideration with my family, it is clear that I can no longer seek re-election as State Representative of District 25, and subsequently, as Speaker of the House. I care deeply about this body and the work we have accomplished over the years, namely, the outstanding success we achieved in the 86th Legislature. My below colleagues have made clear that it is in the best interest of both myself and the House to move on, and I thank them for the respectful and thoughtful way in which they have convinced me to do so.”
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