Senator Nelson Files for Re-election in the Newly Drawn Texas Senate District 12

November 30, 2011

GRAPEVINE -- Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed for re-election in the newly drawn Texas Senate District 12, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties.

“I am grateful for the continued support of North Texans who expect state government to meet our responsibilities in a fiscally responsible manner," Senator Nelson said.  "We must continue our fight to improve education; secure our streets and borders; protect our most vulnerable citizens; and maintain the economic success we have worked so hard to achieve."

Because legislative maps approved by the Texas Legislature are still awaiting approval from a federal court in Washington, D.C., those maps will not be applicable until the 2014 election.  A federal court in San Antonio last week issued interim maps for the 2012 election.  However, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the United States Supreme Court to grant an emergency stay to block the maps, stating that the San Antonio court exceeded its authority by substituting its judgment for that of the people's representatives.

“Having represented every inch of Denton and Tarrant counties over the years, I will be a candidate for the Texas Senate, regardless of what the final map looks like," Senator Nelson said.  "I'm disappointed that the court needlessly divided 17 cities and 18 school districts in its version of Senate District 12.  The court also ignored public input and unraveled months of deliberations on a map the Senate approved by a bipartisan 29-2 vote."

Upon her re-election, Senator Nelson will become the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate, making her the Dean of the Senate Republican Caucus.  A former public school teacher who served two terms on the State Board of Education, Senator Nelson is chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and also serves on the powerful Finance Committee.

Her many legislative accomplishments include establishing the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas; dedicating lottery proceeds to education; reforming the state's foster care and child protective services; returning physical activity to the school day; strengthening domestic violence laws; and reducing fraud and abuse in Medicaid.

Her conservative all-time voting record ranks No. 1 with the Young Conservatives of Texas.  She has consistently been recognized as a Fighter for Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business.  Her work has also earned recent awards from the Texas Medical Association, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas CASA, and Texas PTA.

Senator Nelson is a businesswoman and former public school teacher.  She and her husband, Mike, have five children and four grandchildren.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.