Robert Nichols (politician)
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|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 3rd district
|Preceded by||Todd Staples|
|Born||November 25, 1944|
|Alma mater||Lamar University|
|Profession||Small Business Businessman, politician|
Robert Nichols graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1968. From there, he had a successful career as a small businessman before being elected Mayor of Jacksonville, Texas.
During his tenure as Mayor of Jacksonville, Nichols streamlined the city government and helped to cut property tax rates. His service as Mayor eventually convinced then-Governor of Texas George W. Bush to appoint him to a six-year term on the Texas Transportation Commission in 1997. Nichols was appointed again in 2003 by former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and continued to serve until he resigned to prepare for a bid for the Texas Senate.
Bid for the Texas Senate
Due to the strong Republican tilt in Texas Senate District 3, Nichols' narrow win effectively was tantamount to winning the general election, which he did.
Service outside the Texas Senate
Nichols served as a board member of the now defunct Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas; the East Texas Medical Center and the Nan Travis Hospital Foundation, as chairman of the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation.
Nichols and his high school sweetheart, Donna, have been married for 31 years. They are parents of three children, Brittney, Joshua and Collynn’rae. Robert Nichols is also the son of the co-founder of Nichols Industries, Inc., Talley Nichols, which was one of the largest manufacturers of toy cap guns in the 1940s, 50's and 60's. Nichols is a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.
- Senate of Texas - Senator Robert Nichols
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Robert Nichols (TX) profile
- 2006 Follow the Money - campaign contributions
|Texas State Senator
from District 3 (Jacksonville)