Representing a majority of Brazoria County in the Texas Legislature, State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, was reappointed the Speaker Pro Tem for a third consecutive term.

“As Speaker Pro Tem, I will continue supporting Speaker Straus in uniting the House so that we can effectively represent all Texans that trust us to be their voice in Austin,” Bonnen said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Bonnen also will remain at the helm of the House Ways and Means Committee for a consecutive session.

“My goal as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is to build upon the significant tax reductions we enacted last session by bringing greater transparency and accountability to our property tax system, and further ease the tax burden for all of Texas,” Bonnen said.

House Speaker Joe Straus announced assignments to all House committees Thursday. In addition to the Ways and Means chairmanship, it will be Bonnen’s first time serving on the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee, which he hopes to use as a springboard to promote his community.

“I am also excited to be a member of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, which places me at the forefront of promoting the natural beauty and tourism opportunities offered by Brazoria and Matagorda Counties, while also supporting Texas’ rich culture of hunting and fishing,” he said.

Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland, whose district covers the northeast third of Brazoria County, including Pearland, Alvin and Liverpool, was appointed vice chairman of the Environmental Regulation Committee, which he served as a member last session.

“It has been a privilege to work on the Environmental Regulation Committee the last two terms, and I am glad to continue serving on this committee,” Thompson said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

The committee oversees air, land and water pollution, including environmental regulations and matters regulated by the Department of State Health Services or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to a news release.

Thompson will also serve on the Transportation Committee, which has been one of his passions. Thompson recently advocated the Highway 288 tollway project in Brazoria and Harris counties.

All modes of transportation on land, air and sea along with regulations, licensing and operations and the Texas highway system are some of the issues the Transportation Committee oversees, the release states.

“I am looking forward to working hard to address the substantive transportation and environmental regulation issues that affect our communities and our state. Constituents in District 29 will have a strong voice in these upcoming discussions,” Thompson said.

Stephany Garza is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0151.

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