Senator Nelson Named Legislator of the Year

March 22, 2012

Senator Nelson was today named the Texas Senate's "Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA).

“The Texas Public Health Association is very appreciative of Senator Nelson’s support of public health in Texas,” said Bobby Schmidt, President of TPHA. “Senator Nelson has always found to way to ensure that prevention programs are a priority as chair of the Senate Health Human Services Committee. She truly understands that a well-trained professional public health workforce is needed to protect the public from disease outbreaks on a day-to-day basis.”

TPHA recognized Senator Nelson's efforts to promote preventative health, address the childhood obesity epidemic, and ensure the state's disaster preparedness. During the 2011 session she authored SB 73 to reduce the cost of debt service for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, putting more resources into the fight against cancer where they are truly needed. Under her leadership, the Legislature also passed SB 226, a measure Senator Nelson filed to allow student fitness data to be linked to their academic performance. She also authored SB 969, state law creating the Public Health Funding and Policy Council to give local health departments more control over funding for core public health functions.

"As chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, I am honored by this distinction," said Senator Nelson. " From vaccinations and disaster preparedness to our state's battle against cancer, the Texas Public Health Association has been a key partner in protecting public health."