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Texas Legislature 2019

Dennis Bonnen has spent half his life in the Texas House. Is he ready to run it?

Twenty-two years after joining the Texas House as its youngest member, state Rep. Dennis Bonnen is poised to take over the chamber's reins on Jan. 8.

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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'Hit him again!'

A fresh face

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The soles are worn on the pair of shoes state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, wore in his first bid for a House seat in 1996…
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"He’s not afraid to get aggressive."

Rep. Dennis Bonnen R-Angleton and Rep. Jonathan Stickland R-Bedford in May 2017

Chamber tensions and self-inflicted wounds

"You have to go home and have a real job."

State Rep. Bonnen, R-Angleton, with the family of Jessica and Chaney Phillips on the House Floor in 2006. When the Phillips'…

The consensus candidate

Speaker Pro Tem Dennis Bonnen on the dais in the state House on May 26, 2015.

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