Before you shrug and click to another article, remember San Antonio Republican Joe Straus used that same powerful position to block the lege from enacting the anti-transgender bathroom bill opposed by progressives and business interests alike.
So, how Straus' successor runs the show will play a big hand in determining whether lawmakers stick to practical stuff like hashing out school funding or tilt at windmills that alienate huge swaths of voters.
Bonnen — an Angleton Republican and a 20-plus-year House vet — announced Monday he'd won the endorsement of more than 2/3 of the 150-seat chamber. He needs a majority vote at the session opening to land the job.
For one, Bonnen's been ranked the 126th most conservative lawmaker in the 150-member chamber by one political scientist's informal list. What's more, a significant number of House Democrats declined to throw support behind him.
But, on the other hand, he's gained a rep as someone unafraid to push back against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the arch-convervative leader of the Texas Senate and leader of the bathroom bill crusade.
During a news conference covered by the Texas Tribune, Bonnen struck a unity note and pledged to keep the House a "bipartisan chamber." He also telegraphed an interest in maintaining independence from Patrick's senate.
Texas voters get a better sense of how true those pledges hold after the session opens Jan. 8.