AUSTIN -- The head of the Texas House’s Republican caucus is the first casualty of a botched and controversial secret meeting that Speaker Dennis Bonnen held with a conservative activist.
On Friday, Lubbock GOP Rep. Dustin Burrows, a three-term House member, who emerged as one of Bonnen’s top lieutenants last fall, resigned as chairman of the House Republican caucus, effective immediately.
Bonnen issued a statement following the announcement: "Dustin Burrows is my friend and was a strong leader for the caucus. I respect his decision and I remain committed to strengthening our majority."
As has been true for weeks, Burrows issued no statement.
Official word of his stepping down went out to House Republicans from the caucus executive committee, said Humble Rep. Dan Huberty, one of the five executive committee members.
Fort Worth Rep. Stephanie Klick, who was caucus vice chairwoman, succeeds Burrows, Huberty said. "And then we have a vacancy for vice chair, and we'll have an election" to fill that spot by Sept. 13, he said. It will be conducted by mail or electronically.