Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Occupation: Businesswoman, former teacher
Education: University of North Texas, B.S.
Legislative Experience: Senate Member: 1993 - present
Hometown: Flower Mound
State Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. She is a businesswoman and former teacher who served two terms on the State Board of Education before joining the Texas Senate.
Senator Nelson is the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate and is the first woman in Texas legislative history to chair a standing budget-writing committee. She serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which shapes the state budget and crafts fiscal policy for Texas. As chair of Finance, Senator Nelson also serves as a member of the Legislative Budget Board, a body of five Senate and five House representatives that sets the constitutional spending limit and develops the draft appropriations bill.
She is the co-chair of the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, which monitors the reorganization of Texas' health and human services agencies. Senator Nelson is also a member of the State Affairs Committee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, the Partnership Advisory Commission and the Joint Committee to Study Teacher Retirement System Health Benefit Plans. Before becoming chair of Finance, Senator Nelson was the longest-serving chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Her many legislative accomplishments include measures to dedicate lottery proceeds to education; strengthen the focus on fitness and nutrition in our schools; assist victims of domestic violence; better protect abused and displaced children; reform our medical liability laws; ensure patient privacy; establish the Denton County Transportation Authority; and create the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. In the last session, she authored SB 7, containing costs and improving efficiency in the state's health and human services programs.
Senator Nelson has received a perfect 100 percent voting record in support of small business. She has received multiple awards, including from the Texas Association of Business, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Texas CASA, Communities in Schools, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association and many others.
She and her husband, Mike, live in Flower Mound. They have five children and nine grandchildren.
July 25, 2016
Press conference regarding the new Healthy Texas Women program
July 7, 2016
Op-Ed: Emergency Leave Policies Warrant Legislative Attention
July 1, 2016
Senator Nelson Lauds Rollout of Consolidated Healthy Texas Women Program
(Attachment: Letter to HHSC Commissioner Charles Smith, PDF format)
June 24, 2016
Op-Ed: Texas Honors Veterans Through Innovative Grant Partnership
June 3, 2016
2016 Texas Armed Services Scholarship Application
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Highlights of the 83rd Texas Legislature
Senator Nelson's Capitol Update, Fall 2009
| Capitol Address
|| District Address
| The Honorable Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
fax: (512) 463-0923
| 1235 S. Main Street, Suite 280
Grapevine, Texas 76051
fax: (817) 488-6648
84th Session Committee Membership
District Analysis: District 12