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
  • Legislative Budget Board
  • Finance (Chair)
  • State Affairs
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Nelson's husband, James, is vice president of Trio-Denton in Denton. He has interests in Trio-Denton and another limited partnership: Lone Star Casting and Machine in Kilgore. 

  • Nelson is a board member with the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute.

Property

  • Residential property in Flower Mound valued at $930,000

  • Residential property in Flower Mound valued at at $388,000

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 improperly reporting reimbursements for political expenditures.