Jan. 10, 2019: Texas State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, Angleton Republican, was appointed as the Texas State House Speaker on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 8, 2019. During the 2017 legislative session, Bonnen was the Speaker Pro Tempore, meaning that he led the chamber when the Speaker was absent, and he was also the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Bonnen has been a Legislator since 1997. Bonnen was born in Houston in 1972, and he grew up in Angleton, the county seat of Brazoria County, south of Houston. After he graduated from high school in 1990, Bonnen attended Austin’s St. Edward’s University, where he studied political science. Before he finished his bachelor’s degree, Bonnen had worked as a Sergeant-At-Arms at the Texas House and interned for former U.S. Rep. Greg Laughlin in Washington, D.C. In 1996, Bonnen ran for an open seat to represent House District 25, which now encompasses all of Matagorda County and part of Brazoria County. Bonnen competed in a four-way Republican primary election, and he made the runoff by ten votes. He won the nomination by nine points and easily won the general election. The next year, Bonnen was the youngest member of the Legislature at age 24.