P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2015
AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was appointed Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for the 84th Legislative Session by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who also named her to the Senate Committee on State Affairs.
"I am honored to serve the people of Texas and will approach this role the same way I would our business and household budgets -- scrutinizing every penny to ensure we are making the best possible use of our funds," Senator Nelson said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a conservative budget that meets our growing needs, achieves tax relief, prioritizes education, improves mobility, secures the border, and continues our commitment to mental health and women's health."
Senator Nelson is the Senate’s highest ranking Republican. She served on the Senate Finance Committee during seven legislative sessions (1997, 2003-current) and twice served on the conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate budgets. On July 17, 2014, she was appointed chair of Finance, becoming the first woman in Texas to chair a budget-writing committee. Prior to that, she was the longest serving chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in state history.
Senator Nelson currently serves as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission. She has previously served on the Senate Committee on State Affairs from the 73rd to 75th Legislatures and the 78th Legislature. The Senate Committee on State Affairs covers a broad set of issues including insurance, tort and election laws.