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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. Bonnen wore the shoes while knocking on doors and campaigning for a seat in the state’s 25th District. Dec. 12, 2018.
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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' daughter, Brooke, passed away from leukemia at the age of five, Bonnen passed a resolution in honor of their daughter on March 26, 2007.

The consensus candidate

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

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