Personal Profile

Full Name Robert Nichols
Age 73
Hometown Jacksonville
Race White
Occupation Engineer -- Plastics manufacturing
Education B.S., Lamar University, 1968
Spouse: Donna
Religion Methodist
Church First United Methodist Church (Jacksonville)

Robert Nichols is the Texas State Senator for District 3, first elected in 2006. The district encompasses 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.

He is serving as the chair of the Transportation Committee. He also sits on the Finance, Business and Commerce, and Administration committees. Nichols previously served on the Health and Human Services and the State Affairs committees. He also served as vice chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

During his tenure 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. He built four successful manufacturing facilities, earned 32 U.S. patents, and created more than 900 jobs for East Texas families.

Nichols earned a bachelor's degree from Lamar University in 1968. He and his wife Donna, have three children: Brittney, Joshua, and Collynn'rae. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.

Information in this bio was provided by Nichols's office.
Last updated: July 14, 2017.