Personal Profile

Full Name Jane Nelson
Age 66
Hometown Flower Mound
Race White
Occupation Businesswoman, former teacher
Education B.S., University of North Texas
Spouse: J. Michael

Jane Nelson is the Texas State Senator for District, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties.

She is serving as the chair of the Senate Finance Committee. She also sits on the State Affairs Committee. She was the first Republican woman to chair a major Senate committee, for the Health & Human Services Committee. She also previously serves on the Nominations Open Government committees. She is the highest ranking Republican in the Senate.

Her many legislative accomplishments include measures to dedicate lottery proceeds to education; strengthen the focus on fitness and nutrition in our schools; assist victims of domestic violence; better protect abused and displaced children; reform our medical liability laws; ensure patient privacy; establish the Denton County Transportation Authority; and create the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

She is a businesswoman and former teacher who served two terms on the State Board of Education before joining the Texas Senate.

Nelson was listed one of the Top 10 most effective legislators this decade by Capitol Inside. Out of all 50 states, she was selected as the National Distinguished Cancer Advocate of the Year in 2005. She has been named a Fighter for Free Enterprise by Texas Association of Business; "Texas' Best Medicine" by the Texas Medical Association; Most Conservative by Young Conservatives of Texas; and a Champion for Texas Children by Texas CASA.

Information in this bio was provided by Nelson's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.