Jane Nelson

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Jane Nelson
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Texas State Senate, District 12
Incumbent
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Texas, 1972
Personal
BirthdayOctober 5, 1951
Place of birthHamilton, OH
ProfessionBusinesswoman
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Jane Nelson (b. October 5, 1951) has been a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 12. She was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Biography

Nelson graduated with a B.S. in education from The University of North Texas in 1972 and also did post-graduate work at Southern Methodist University from 1973 to 1975.

In addition to being a senator, Nelson was a community education instructor from 1980 to 1989 and also served as teacher from 1973 to 1978. Prior to her position in the state senate, she was also on the State Board of Education from 1988 to 1992.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Health & Human Services, Chair
Nominations

2010-2011

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nelson served on the following Texas Senate committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nelson served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Issues

Hospital oversight

Alarmed by reports that hospitals were violating health regulations, Nelson introduced legislation during a 2013 special session that would empower state regulators to shut down hospitals that are a danger to the public through an emergency suspension of their license. The bill would also require state regulators to inspect hospitals every three years, require those with at least 5 percent ownership in a hospital to publicly disclose their ownership, and boost daily fines for health code violations.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Nelson ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 12. Nelson ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated John A. Betz, Jr. (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJane Nelson Incumbent 83.4% 203,988
     Libertarian John Betz, Jr. 16.6% 40,570
Total Votes 244,558

2010

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Nelson won re-election to the 12th District Seat in 2010, defeating Libertarian candidate Mark Frohman in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas State Senate, District 12
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jane Nelson (R) 148,592 86.14%
Mark Frohman (L) 23,894 13.85%

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Nelson won re-election to the 12th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponents Dwight B. Fullingim (D) and Morgan Ware (L).[3]

Nelson raised $764,145 for her campign while Fullingim raised $245 and Ware raised $0.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 12 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jane Nelson (R) 109,513 63.98%
Dwight B. Fullingim (D) 55,380 32.35%
Morgan Ware (L) 6,273 3.66%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $4,923,252 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[5]

Jane Nelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 12 Won $1,279,612
2010 Texas State Senate, District 12 Won $677,298
2008 Texas State Senate, District 12 Not up for election $721,252
2006 Texas State Senate, District 12 Won $764,145
2004 Texas State Senate, District 12 Not up for election $451,562
2002 Texas State Senate, District 12 Won $531,950
2000 Texas State Senate, District 9 Won $497,433
Grand Total Raised $4,923,252

2012

Nelson won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $1,279,612.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jane Nelson's campaign in 2012
Texas Medical Association$30,000
Border Health$25,000
Perry, Bob J$20,000
Ryan & Co$20,000
Bancroft, Sue$20,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,279,612
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Nelson won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $677,298.

2008

Nelson was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $721,252.

2006

Nelson won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $764,145.

2004

Nelson was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $451,562.

2002

Nelson won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $531,950.

2000

Nelson won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $497,433.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[6] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[7]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[7]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[8] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Nelson received a score of 70.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B+ that Nelson received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Jane Nelson received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Nelson was named a "2011 Taxpayer Advocate," which is "An award presented to by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their strong rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."

Personal

Nelson and her husband, J. Michael, have five children.

Awards

  • Public Policy Leadership Award (2011), Texas Network of Youth Services[9]

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Texas Senate District 12
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