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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
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News Release
August 21, 2014
Contact: Megan Hanson
TexProtects to Honor Texas Senator Jane Nelson
Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented at Oct. 14 event

DALLAS – TexProtects will present its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Texas Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the leader in the Texas Legislature for protecting victims of child abuse.

TexProtects will honor Senator Nelson for her longstanding work to strengthen Child Protective Services and increase Texas’ investment in prevention programs, such as the Nurse-Family Partnership, which sends nurses on home visits to help vulnerable, low-income mothers.

Senator Nelson recently became the first woman in state history to serve as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which shapes the state budget and crafts fiscal policy for Texas. As chair of Finance, Senator Nelson also serves as a member of the Legislative Budget Board, a body of five Senate and five House representatives that sets the constitutional spending limit and develops the draft appropriations bill. She also serves as Chairman of the Texas Sunset Commission.

“Senator Nelson has been a leading child champion and advocate for children who has helped improve Child Protective Services and expand prevention programs” said Madeline McClure, executive director and founder of TexProtects.

The event – featuring keynote speaker Ashley Judd – will be at 7 p.m. on Oct.14 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. More details are available at

Actress Ashley Judd, who detailed her own childhood trauma in her memoir, All That is Bitter and Sweet, also will attend a reception for lead sponsors and members of TexProtects’ Board of Directors, chaired by John Castle. The honorary chair is Lisa K. Simmons and the event chair is Pat Albritton Harloe.

Please join TexProtects on Oct. 14 to celebrate 10 years of success in our mission to prevent and reduce child abuse. Table sponsorship begins at $2,500. Seating is limited. Buy a table or donate at

About TexProtects
TexProtects, The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, works to reduce and prevent child abuse through research, advocacy and education. We effect change by organizing and educating our members to advocate for increased investments in evidence-based child abuse prevention programs, CPS reforms, and treatment programs.

Through advocacy, research and education, TexProtects has assisted and/or led the passage of over 37 bills that have improved the Child Protective Services system and advocated for and secured $71 million for voluntary family support home visitation programs, which currently service over 19,000 families across Texas.

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SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. She is chair of the Texas Sunset Advisory Committee and the highest ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.