Mr. Secretary, family, friends and guests – welcome to the “People’s House.”
Members: As we begin the 86th Legislative Session, let us reflect on the fact that Texans from all corners of the State, and all walks of life, have entrusted each of us: to craft policy that will improve the lives of all Texans; to help our Districts be heard and accomplish their agenda; and, to do all of this in a very short 140 days.
Members: This Session, Texans expect, and should expect us to: pass meaningful school finance reform; and, lessen the huge burden of property taxes for homeowners.
These big issues transcend the divides of: party, ideology, geography.
On this, the first day of the 86th Session, the question we have to ask is: will we do it?
I predict, at the end of 140 days, the answer is: yes. We are the Texas house. The greatest legislative body in the country.
However, in order to be successful, we will need a Speaker who will let the body work and realize its fullest potential; who will let Members represent their District; and, who will stand up what we accomplish.
That is why I rise to today to nominate a Speaker that the Texas House deserves – Dennis Bonnen.
Dennis was drafted into this race not just because of his list of qualifications (which are plentiful), but because of his character and vision for the House.
Dennis is someone who: respects the Members by telling each of us truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth… regardless of our capacity to accept it.
Dennis is willing to jump into the arena and fight to find consensus… He doesn’t wait on the sidelines to see which way the political winds blew that day.
Time and time again, we have seen Dennis give voice to what is right, without regard for how powerful the other side might be.
Most importantly, he deeply respects this Chamber and believes that every Member must be allowed to fully represent their District.
Let me close with this: Texas needs the House to lead this Session. We need a leader with the strength and tenacity to let that happen. It is for these reasons, and many more, that I nominate, my good friend: Dennis Bonnen to be the next Speaker of the House. A Speaker for the entire house.