Personal Profile

Full Name Robert Nichols
Age 70
Hometown Jacksonville
Race White
Occupation Engineer -- Plastics manufacturing
Education B.S., Lamar University, 1968
Spouse: Donna
Religion Methodist
Church First United Methodist Church (Jacksonville)

First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Robert Nichols represents 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.

Nichols serves as chair of the Transportation Committee and sits on the Health and Human Services Committee, Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Natural Resources Committee and the State Affairs Committee. He also serves as vice-chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

During his three sessions as a state senator, Nichols authored and passed legislation to protect landowners' rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas and reform transportation policies. He has worked to reduce Medicaid fraud, and promote free-market principles. He was designated as a Top Legislator by Texas Insider and a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business.

Before running for Senate, Nichols served as transportation commissioner for eight years where he established a reputation for increasing efficiency without compromising quality.

Nichols is a businessman from Jacksonville, Texas. In his hometown he served on city council, was elected mayor, built four successful manufacturing facilities, earned 32 U.S. patents, and created more than 900 jobs for East Texas families.

Working his way through college by selling fireworks and ironing clothes for other students, Nichols earned a bachelor's degree from Lamar University in 1968. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna, and they are the proud parents of three children: Brittney, Joshua, and Collynn'rae. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.