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Party Politics: Is Angleton’s Dennis Bonnen The Next Speaker?

The Texas House is poised to elect a new Speaker and a State Representative from a city close to Houston wants the job.


Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton.


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After several contentious legislative sessions and a widening ideological divide within the Republican Party, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus stepped down leaving the chamber without a leader. Representative Dennis Bonnen, of Angleton — which is 50 miles south of Houston — announced this week he has the votes to win the position. Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus discuss the importance of this change in leadership for the parties, politics, and policy in the upcoming legislative session.

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