Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Sen. Jane Nelson District 12 (R-Flower Mound)

Industry
Business Owner
Education
B.S., University of North Texas
Spouse
J. Michael
Committees
  • Open Government
  • Finance
  • Health & Human Services (Chair)
  • Nominations
  • Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters
  • Conference Committee on SB 1 (Budget)
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Nelson says on her campaign website that she and her husband operated Mayday Manufacturing, an aircraft component manufacturing company in Denton, but she has not reported receiving any occupational income from the company since 2009. 

  • Nelson’s husband is vice president of Trio-Denton LLP. Until 2010, he was also a vice president at Highland Leasing Co. and Hi-tech Metals Co.

Property

  • Residential property in Flower Mound valued at $964,310

  • Residential property in Flower Mound valued at at $329,128

Analysis

  • Over several years starting in 2000, Nelson used her campaign fund to pay her husband rent of more than $140,000 for a condo registered in her husband's name, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Nelson said the practice was both legal and ethical. The Texas Ethics Commission eventually dismissed the complaint, saying there was no evidence she had violated the state's ethics code.

  • In 2008, Nelson was fined $1,500 by the Ethics Commission for improper campaign finance reporting, including improper reimbursement of political expenditures made from personal funds.