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House Republicans react to Speaker Dennis Bonnen stepping down in 2020

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In just his first term, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced he will not seek re-election in 2020. 

This announcement comes one week after the release of a recording during a meeting with Bonnen and Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock). 

The two were recorded offering media access to Empower Texans, in exchange for helping vote several incumbent republicans out of office. 

Since the recording has been released, about 30 House Republicans either called on Bonnen to resign or pulled their support.

One of those on the list was Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock).

"It is clear that trust and confidence in the speaker has significantly eroded among our membership, and the matter has both damaged the reputation of the house and relationships among individual members," Rep. Frullo said, in a joint statement with four other senior Republicans.

In his own statement, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick said he believes it is time to move on and look ahead, adding he will work for the next 13 months to ensure the GOP maintains control of the Texas House.

Now, the attention could pivot to Rep. Burrows, who was also recorded targeting House Republicans in this meeting, as well as cities and counties.

"As I said, I just want the local governments to have a worse session next session, by ending taxpayer funded lobbying and stealing their two pennies, putting them toward taxpayers," Burrows said in the recording. 

Burrows has already announced his 2020 re-election campaign. 

He released a statement on Bonnen's announcement, saying his leadership is responsible for great achievements for taxpayers and public education and that he's proud to call him his friend.

After losing a dozen house seats in the 2018 midterms, Texas Republicans need a net hold of nine seats in next year's election to maintain control of the House.

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