FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 9, 2019
GUILLEN WELCOMES NEW SPEAKER, LAWMAKERS
AUSTIN - Lawmakers from all over Texas gathered in the Texas Capitol today to be sworn in on the House floor and elect a new Speaker of the House. Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-South Rural Texas, said he's looking forward to starting the session off strong.
"Today's a big celebration, really," said Guillen. "We're seeing old friends, making new ones, electing a new Speaker. Everyone's just looking forward to a productive session."
It's the first time since the summer of 2017 all the Texas legislators will be under one roof. Twenty-seven members of the Texas House were sworn in for the first time at noon on Tuesday.
While the Speaker's race was originally thought to be an open race, Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, was quickly able to gather the votes needed from both parties to win the speakership. Bonnen was elected Speaker unanimously on Tuesday. In the past, the Speaker has been elected with a bipartisan majority in contested races. Guillen said he looks forward to working with the new Speaker.
"I respect Speaker Bonnen, even though we don't always agree," added Guillen. "I expect the Speaker will try to make decisions he thinks are best for the state. I'm confident my colleagues and I will be able to work well with him."
House members were sworn in at 12 p.m. Tuesday, and the Speaker was elected soon after. The Governor and Lt. Governor will be inaugurated in Jan. 15.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen