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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
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Jane Nelson

Occupation: Businesswoman, former teacher

Education: University of North Texas, B.S.

Legislative Experience: Senate Member: 1993 - present

Hometown: Flower Mound

Party: Republican

Senator Jane Nelson is a businesswoman and former teacher who served two terms on the State Board of Education.

The first woman in Texas legislative history to chair a standing budget-writing committee, she is serving her 4th session as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council and is a member of the State Affairs Committee as well as the Legislative Budget Board.

Senator Nelson championed over $8 billion in tax relief; passed more than 30 pieces of legislation combatting sexual assault and domestic violence; and established a peer-to-peer mental health intervention program for veterans. She also created the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which has funded more than 5 million cancer prevention services.

Before becoming the Senate's chief budget writer, she was the longest-serving chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. In that capacity, she led efforts to expand women's health; protect endangered children; and improve care for seniors and Texans with disabilities.

Senator Nelson is the highest ranking Republican in the Senate.

Governer for a Day

Senator Jane Nelson's Governor for a Day Celebration, Saturday April 3, 2004

Office Information

Capitol Address  
The Honorable Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

(512) 463-0112 (TEL)
(512) 463-0923 (FAX)