AUSTIN -- GOPAC, a national organization dedicated to growing the next generation of Republican leaders, has presented Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Senator Nelson has demonstrated true conservative leadership both during her long-standing tenure as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee as well as in her current roles as the Senate’s highest-ranking Republican and the first woman to serve as the state’s Senate Finance Committee Chairman. Under her leadership, Texas continues to be a model for the type of conservative government that advances personal and economic security,” stated Chairman David Avella.

The award was presented last night in Austin during the 10th Annual State Legislative Leaders Summit, which featured remarks from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Senator Joan Huffman and Senator Charles Schwertner.  

"Senator Nelson is a great Republican and a great Texan. She has been a committed fighter for conservative principles from the days when she first arrived in Austin and was part of the Republican minority. These days, every Democrat in the Capitol knows she is a force to be reckoned with.  I was proud to serve with her in the Texas Senate. I was proud to make her my Finance Chair — she was the  first chairman I appointed and the first woman to serve as Senate Finance Chair in Texas history.  I am proud she is being honored for hard work tonight," Lieutenant Governor Patrick said.

“Senator Nelson is a dedicated public servant and a role model for young women everywhere.  I can’t think of another person more deserving of this award,” Senator Huffman said.

GOPAC, which was established in 1978, supported Senator Nelson's first run for Senate in 1992 and named her to the Legislative Leaders Advisory Board in 2012.  Event speakers highlighted Senator Nelson's many accomplishments -- first Republican woman to chair a standing Senate committee; six sessions as chair of the Health and Human Services committee -- the longest ever; first legislator to chair Sunset twice; highest-ranking Republican in the Senate; and first woman in Texas history to chair a budget-writing committee, the Senate Finance Committee.

Senator Nelson was praised for writing two back-to-back responsible budgets – both meeting the state's essential needs within the growth of population times inflation.  In her career, she has also championed over $4 billion in tax relief. She led major overhauls of Medicaid and Child Protective Services.  She established the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute.  She passed more than a dozen bills to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

For the past two sessions she has received a perfect 100-percent voting record in support of small businesses.  For the past three sessions she has been named women’s health champion.  She has an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association and consistently logs a conservative, pro-life voting record.

Senator Nelson is a former teacher and businesswoman who served two terms on the State Board of Education before her election to the Senate in 1992.  She and her husband, Mike, live in Flower Mound.  They have five children and 10 grandchildren"

To be recognized by such a distinguished organization is an incredible honor that I will cherish always. Conservative leaders nationwide have been able to achieve great success with the help and support of GOPAC, and I am grateful for this recognition," Senator Nelson said.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.


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