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.

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

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 improper campaign finance reporting, including improper reimbursement of political expenditures made from personal funds.