Embattled Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen said today he will not seek re-election to the House in 2020, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Bonnen has been under fire for a back room meeting he had with a lobbyist, in which he suggested running primary challengers to several of his fellow Republcians. He also made rude and potentially homophobic comments about members of the Legislature.
Bonnen's announcement comes as five of the most respected Republican members of the Texas Legislature, including veteran San Antonio Representative Lyle Larson, called on Bonnen to step aside.
"After much prayer, thoughtful consideration, and consultation with my family, it is clear that I can no longer seek re-election to House District 25, and, subsequently, as Speaker of the House," Bonnen wrote in a statement. "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. My colleagues have made it clear that it is in the best interests of both myself and the House for me to move on, and I thank them for the respectful and thoughtful way they have convinced me to do so."
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