Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 8, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON SWORN IN FOR 83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was sworn in today to represent District 12, which includes portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson administered the oath of office during the ceremony in the Senate Chamber.

"Today I took the oath of office to execute my duties as State Senator for District 12 and to the best of my abilities preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the laws of our great state and nation," said Senator Nelson. "I want to thank my constituents for the faith they have placed in me once again. I'm looking forward this session to protecting Texas' economic security, improving education and responsibly serving the citizens of our state."

Senator Nelson has filed 30 pieces of legislation since pre-filing began on November 12, 2012. The 83rd Texas Legislature's regular session will continue for the next 140 days in accordance with the Texas Constitution and will adjourn sine die on May 27, 2013.

"This session we must protect the economic success we have built in Texas. That means meeting our needs on education, health and human services and other priorities in a manner that preserves our healthy business climate and fosters economic growth," Senator Nelson said. "As chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, I will be working to deter Medicaid fraud, expand access to mental health care, improve long-term care and ensure that welfare recipients are drug-free and taking steps to find employment in keeping with the pledge they took to participate in this temporary assistance program."

Senator Nelson is a former teacher and businesswoman who served two terms on the State Board of Education before her election to the Senate. She is the third Republican woman elected to the Senate and the first to chair a standing Senate committee. As of today, Senator Nelson serves as the highest ranking Republican in the Senate.

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