Jane Nelson

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Jane Nelson
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 12th district
Assumed office
2003
Preceded by Mike Moncrief
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 9th district
In office
1995–2003
Preceded by David Sibley
Succeeded by Chris Harris
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
1993–1995
Preceded by Bob Glasgow
Succeeded by David Sibley
Personal details
Born (1951-10-05) October 5, 1951 (age 65)
Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) J. Michael Nelson
Children 5
Residence Flower Mound, Texas
Alma mater B.S., North Texas State University
Occupation Businesswoman

Jane Gray Nelson[1] (born October 5, 1951)[2] is an American businesswoman who sits on the board of her husband's company and a former school teacher[3](1973-1978) who represents Texas Senate District 12, encompassing parts of Denton and Tarrant counties. She was elected to the Senate in 1992 after serving two two-year terms (1988-1992) on the Texas State Board of Education.

Texas Senate[edit]

Senator Nelson is the highest ranking Republican in the Texas Senate. The tenth woman ever elected to the Texas Senate, she was the first Republican woman ever appointed chair of a standing committee and now holds the distinction of being longest serving chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in Texas history. In 2015, she was appointed chair of the Senate Finance Committee, being the first woman to hold the position in the history of the Texas Senate. She also serves as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

During the 2013 legislative session,Senator Nelson authored 40 bills that were passed into law by the Legislature, and she served as the Senate sponsor on 30 successful bills authored by House members. She served on 19 conference committees, including for SB 1, the appropriations bill. Senator Nelson chaired the Article II workgroup, which increased the women's health budget by $100 million and made significant new investments in mental health and Child Protective Services.[citation needed]

Senate Health and Human Services Committee[edit]

In July 2013, Nelson presided over a 16-hour hearing on an abortion bill that drew testimony from over 3,800 people, including 357 who provided oral testimony. The bill, HB 3, sought to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill also required abortion facilities to upgrade to ambulatory surgical standards.[citation needed]

Election history[edit]

1992[edit]

Texas general election, 1992: Senate District 22[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bob Glasgow (Incumbent) 92,113 39.70
Republican Jane Nelson 139,901 60.30
Majority 47,778 20.60
Turnout 232,014
Republican gain from Democratic

1994[edit]

Texas general election, 1994: Senate District 9[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jane Nelson (Incumbent)[6] 127,623 100.00 +39.44
Majority 127,623 100.00 +78.88
Turnout 127,623 -31.75
Republican hold

1996[edit]

Texas general election, 1996: Senate District 9[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jane Nelson (Incumbent) 160,296 100.00 0.00
Majority 160,296 100.00 0.00
Turnout 160,296 +25.60
Republican hold

2000[edit]

Texas general election, 2000: Senate District 9[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jane Nelson (Incumbent) 207,079 100.00 0.00
Majority 207,079 100.00 0.00
Turnout 207,079 +29.19
Republican hold

2002[edit]

Texas general election, 2002: Senate District 12[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jane Nelson (Incumbent)[10] 121,991 89.83 +53.49
Libertarian Steve Rushton 13,818 10.17 +10.17
Majority 108,173 79.65 +52.33
Turnout 135,809 -20.20
Republican gain from Democratic

2006[edit]

Texas general election, 2006: Senate District 12[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jane Nelson (Incumbent) 109,513 63.98 -25.84
Democratic Dwight B. Fullingham 55,380 32.35 +32.35
Libertarian Morgan Ware 6,273 3.66 -6.51
Majority 54,133 31.63 -48.02
Turnout 171,166 +26.03
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Texas general election, 2010: Senate District 12[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jane Nelson (Incumbent) 148,508 86%
Libertarian Mark Frohman 23,878 14%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold

Family[edit]

Nelson and her husband, Mike Nelson, have five adult children and nine grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitol Connection: Jane Nelson". UTA Magazine. XXIII (2). Winter 2001. Archived from the original on September 8, 2006. Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  2. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (Texas) (September 13, 2002). "State Senate Candidates for 2002 General Election". Retrieved December 26, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Jane Gray Nelson's Biography". 
  4. ^ "1992 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved January 4, 2007. 
  5. ^ "1994 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  6. ^ Nelson was the District 22 incumbent prior to the 1994 Senate redistricting.
  7. ^ "1996 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  8. ^ "2000 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  9. ^ "2002 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  10. ^ Nelson was the District 9 incumbent prior to the 2002 Senate redistricting.
  11. ^ "2006 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Elections 2011". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Texas Senate
Preceded by
Bob Glasgow
Texas State Senator
from District 22 (Lewisville)

1993–1995
Succeeded by
David Sibley
Preceded by
David Sibley
Texas State Senator
from District 9 (Flower Mound)

1995–2003
Succeeded by
Chris Harris
Preceded by
Mike Moncrief
Texas State Senator
from District 12 (Lewisville)

2003-present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Eddie Lucio, Jr.
President pro tempore of the Texas Senate
June 2, 2003 – April 20, 2004
Succeeded by
Jeff Wentworth