Dr. Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood) announced he will seek a third term representing the 24th District in the Texas House of Representatives. Bonnen is coming off a banner year in which the Texas legislature has been roundly credited with advancing a conservative agenda focused on free enterprise, limited government and pro-family legislation.
Bonnen is a member of the Appropriations Committee, where he helped draft a Texas budget which slowed the growth rate of State government. Bonnen believes a growth rate exceeding inflation-plus-population is unacceptable. He helped hold the rate to under 2% per year – well below the rate of inflation and population growth.
Bonnen also made it his priority to improve security on the Texas border. Bonnen supported directing funds through the Department of Public Safety to fight illegal immigration, human trafficking and drug smuggling. With these measures in place, Texas’ international border will soon become the toughest place to cross illegally into the United States.
“We did not wait for the Federal government to act,” said Bonnen. “Instead we developed an innovative and aggressive program to use technology and well-trained law enforcement that will soon be the standard along the U.S. southern border.”
Bonnen also supported the landmark efforts to expand Second Amendment rights in Texas. Experience in Texas and other states shows that pro-Second Amendment legislation is related to dropping crime rates.
Bonnen continued his work this session on the Insurance Committee and was the House sponsor of the dramatic reform of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Agency, which has been in chaos and decline for years. “Solving a problem that is so destructive and longstanding has given me a tremendous sense of accomplishment,” said Bonnen.
Dr. Bonnen decided to pursue a career in medicine after serving as a camp counselor at Texas Lions’ Camp for special needs children. He continues to give back during his numerous mission trips. For more than two decades, he has served Galveston County residents as a neurosurgeon. In 2000, he founded Texas Brain and Spine Center, PA. He is the Chairman of the Board of Houston Physicians’ Hospital. He also serves as Chairman of the board of directors of the Medical Strategic Network.
Dr. Bonnen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He and his wife, Kim, reside in Friendswood with their two daughters, and attend Friendswood Community Church.