Rep. Dennis Bonnen honored at Brazosport College event

Rep. Dennis Bonnen honored at Brazosport College event

Mon Sep 29, 2014

Brazosport College recently named Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen its 2014-15 Friend of the College.

The Friend of the College is awarded every two years at the school’s Report to the Community luncheon.

“Representative Bonnen has demonstrated his steadfast support of Brazosport College over the course of his service in the Texas Legislature,” said Brazosport College President Millicent Valek. “His effective leadership has been integral to so many important initiatives that allow us to carry out the mission of the college and strengthen the region we serve.”

For Representative Bonnen, Brazosport College has always been among his top priorities.

When the state legislature recommended budget cuts in 2011 that called for eliminating all state funding to Brazosport College, Representative Bonnen led the charge in Austin and ensured this budget recommendation was reversed.

Seven years earlier, Representative Bonnen was instrumental in helping Brazosport College create a four-year baccalaureate program, and followed that up last year by assisting the college in developing a second baccalaureate program. He’s also been a huge proponent of the college’s workforce and training programs, as well as many other endeavors. Representative Bonnen helped raise $300,000 for Brazosport College scholarships through his 40th Birthday Roast & Toast event.

"It was extremely humbling to have been honored by Brazosport College as the 2014 Friend of the College,” said Representative Bonnen. “As a member of this community, I have been blessed tremendously by having a Top 10 college in the nation in my own backyard, and I take advantage of every opportunity to ensure our college continues on the fast track to success for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff and community.  I thank Brazosport College for sharing their friendship with me.

Representative Bonnen serves the 25th Legislative District in the Texas House of Representatives, representing southern Brazoria County and all of Matagorda County. First elected to the Legislature in 1996, he began his ninth term of office in January 2013.

At the beginning of the 83rd Session, Bonnen was appointed to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore, acting as presiding officer of the House in the Speaker's absence, while also directing the Local and Consent calendar. He also serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts with policy oversight of local authorities and districts that have a direct impact on Texans' day-to-day lives. He is a member on a variety of committees.

At home in Brazoria County, Bonnen serves as the honorary chairman of Brazosport College's "Count on Us" campaign. He is on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement and B.I.G. Love Cancer Care Services, and is an honorary member of the Brazoria and Matagorda County Cavalries. He has served as honorary co-chairman of the Leukemia Society Light the Night Walk and Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament, and is an active supporter of the Brazoria County Fair, BACH, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, ActionS, Inc., and local Boys and Girls Clubs. 

Bonnen is a graduate of Angleton High School and graduated cum laude from St. Edwards University in Austin with a B.A. in Political Science. St. Edward's honored him with its Alumni Achievement Award in 2001 and he was inducted into the Angleton ISD Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.

In addition to his legislative duties, Bonnen is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Heritage Bank in Pearland. He and his wife Kim and their two sons make their home in Angleton.