December 4, 2020

Democrat Senfronia Thompson First to Enter Race for Texas House Speaker

Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) formally filed her candidacy for Texas Home Speaker in keeping with paperwork filed with the Texas Ethics Fee at present. 

Thompson will not be solely the primary to enter the race for the speakership, however the first Democrat to throw her hat within the ring as Democrat candidates throughout Texas are striving to safe the bulk within the Texas Home. 

The longest-serving lady within the Texas Home, 81-year-old Thompson wields institutional energy and at present serves as chair of the Public Well being Committee. 

She has held quite a few management positions within the decrease chamber, together with chair of the Native and Consent Calendar which frequently places her at odds with members of the Texas Home Freedom Caucus who sought to take away payments from the calendar they deemed inappropriate for the intention of that legislative mechanism.

The Texas Home was comprised of 83 Republicans and 67 Democrats through the 2019 legislative session after Democrats gained a whopping 12 seats within the 2018 basic election. 

Now, Republicans need to regain that floor whereas warding off challengers in different districts as Democrats are a mere 9 seats away from securing a majority. The outcomes of November three will largely dictate which different members, and the respective celebration affiliation of every, can even select to run for the speakership. 

Final 12 months, Texas Home Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) confronted controversy after a recording was made public of a gathering he held with Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan wherein the Republican speaker listed 10 GOP state representatives he wished Sullivan’s group to focus on. 

After denying the claims levied towards him and dealing with backlash from Home members and activists, Bonnen introduced he wouldn’t run for reelection to the Texas Home, sparking hypothesis over who would lead the chamber in 2021.

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