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Answers to Go with Susan Smith

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Q. How should I address a letter to the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives?

A. We are always happy to help people with contact information for our elected officials. My research brought up several similar forms of address for our Texas Speaker of the House.

On the envelope, I’d suggest this format: The Honorable Dennis Bonnen / Speaker of the House / Texas House of Representatives / P.O. Box 2910 / Austin, TX 78768.

On the top of the letter itself, you would use the same mailing address format. Then the salutation would be either “Dear Speaker Bonnen” or “Dear Mr. Speaker.”

Source: Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen’s official website includes a link to an email form.

Speaker Bonnen’s official Texas House website also includes a telephone number, 512-463-1000, and a link to a form for sending an email.

It also includes biographical information. The Speaker of the House is elected by the members of the House of Representatives. Here are a few excerpts from Speaker Bonnen’s official website: “The Honorable Dennis Bonnen was sworn in as Texas Speaker of the House on January 8, 2019.

“Speaker Bonnen has served in the Texas House of Representatives for over 20 years, representing the 25th House district that encompasses southern Brazoria County and the entirety of Matagorda County.

“First elected to the Legislature at the age of 24, Bonnen joined the House in 1997 and began his twelfth term of office in January 2019. Prior to becoming Speaker of the House, Dennis Bonnen served for the past three legislative sessions as Speaker Pro Tempore. In the 84th and 85th sessions, he served as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee

Speaker Bonnen was born and raised on the Gulf Coast and resides with his wife, Kim, and their two sons in Lake Jackson, Texas. In addition to his legislative duties, Speaker Bonnen is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Heritage Bank. In 2009, the Houston Business Journal honored him with one of the inaugural "40 Under 40" awards.

Speaker Bonnen is a graduate of Angleton High School and graduated cum laude from St. Edward's University in Austin with a B.A. in Political Science.