AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has announced he will not seek re-election for District 25 or Speaker of the House.
The news comes after a recording of Bonnen, Lubbock Rep. Dustin Burrows and political activist Michael Quinn Sullivan was released. In the recording, Bonnen speaks ill of some of his colleagues and even suggests unseating various Republicans who did not fall in line.
The recording has caused fallout throughout the state. Sullivan first reported the schemes by Bonnen several months ago. Since then, questions loomed over the validity of the recording and of Speaker Bonnen.
However, those questions were answered when Sullivan released the recording amid an investigation by state authorities. After speaking with members of the House, Bonnen says he will not seek re-election in his district 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,” Bonnen said in a statement.
The Speaker went on to list several colleagues who had advised him to move on, “in the best interest of both myself and the House,” the release reads. Among those colleagues are State Rep. Brooks Landgraf and State Rep. Tom Craddick.