Capitol Inside Names Senator Nelson One of Decade's Top Legislators

June 28, 2011

AUSTIN -- State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was named one of the 10 most effective legislators of the past decade by Capitol Inside, a publication that covers Texas politics.

"I am honored to be selected as one of the most capable members of the Texas Legislature for my work over the past five legislative sessions," Senator Nelson said.

She also received an honorable mention from the publication for her work during the 2011 session.

Mike Hailey, editor of Capitol Inside, said Senator Nelson was a "shoo-in" for the All-Decade Team as one of the "most capable members in the leading roles on the major issues."

Senator Nelson successfully ushered through the legislative process a combined 68 Senate and House bills in the regular session. She passed another 15 of the bills she originally filed in the form of amendments to other pieces of legislation, giving her a success rate of nearly 68% of her legislative agenda.  Senator Nelson also was one of the Senate's top negotiators with the House, serving on 25 conference committees during the regular session and four conference committees in the 30-day special session.

This year, Senator Nelson passed major legislation to achieve cost-savings in Medicaid and focus health care dollars on the quality of patient outcomes instead of quantity of services. Other of Senator Nelson's bills that have been signed into law will aid prosecutors in targeting stalking behavior; help families navigate the state guardianship system; help children remain in their home communities when placed in foster care; protect drivers from exorbitant fines from the North Texas Tollway Authority; and close a loophole in the food inspection process for fresh produce.

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Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.