P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 1997
DALLAS - State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was honored as Most Conservative Texas Senator by the Free Market Committee and the Free Enterprise PAC. The announcement was made at a banquet in Dallas on Saturday night. Nelson was similarly honored in 1995 and has been named a "Texas Ten" award winner after each of her three legislative sessions.
"I am proud of my commitment to conservative principles," Nelson commented. "Conservatism means making wise use of taxpayer dollars and standing up for families. When I cast conservative votes, I'm representing my consituents' values."
The conservative ratings are compiled in the 1997 Texas Conservative Report. They are based on an objective analysis of 73 record Senate votes in the 1997 session. The votes tallied were on a variety of issues including lower state spending, taxpayer funded abortions, and school choice. They are chosen by a bi-partisan panel including former legislators.
The "Texas Ten" award honors legislators who rank in the top ten percent of the conservative ratings. U.S. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay presented the awards. Nelson received the highest conservative rating of any Senator.
Senator Nelson, a business woman and former teacher, is known for strong conservative stands on issues affecting business, education, and families. As a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, she has fought to control state spending. She has been active in returning more local control to schools and co-authored major legislation to stop welfare fraud.
"Texas is a conservative state. Texans deserve common sense, conservative government," Nelson said.