AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was reappointed as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. She was also reappointed to the State Affairs Committee.

"I am honored to be reappointed and am ready to get to work on crafting a responsible budget that adds resources to education, gives teachers a raise, funds enrollment growth, enhances school safety and reduces our reliance on recapture under the so-called Robin Hood system," Senator Nelson said. "We will prioritize mental health, transportation, public safety and other important issues. I am personally committed to making sure this budget helps victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking."

"When you pass a $220 billion budget, you have to have someone you trust, and I trust Jane Nelson with the purse strings of Texas," said Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick at Tuesday's Inauguration.

Senator Nelson is the Texas Senate's highest ranking Republican and became the first woman in Texas history to chair a budget-writing committee when she was appointed chair of Finance in 2014. She is also Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity, Co-Chairman of the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, and a member of the Legislative Budget Board and the Legislative Audit Committee.

Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties.

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