Robert Nichols

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Robert Nichols
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Texas State Senate, District 3
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLamar University, 1968
Personal
ProfessionEngineer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Robert Nichols has been a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Nichols graduated with a B.S. in industrial engineering from Lamar University in 1968 and is a board member of the East Texas Medical Center.

In addition to being a senator, Nichols is a plastics manufacturing engineer. Prior to his position in the state senate, Nichols served on the Jacksonville City Council and held the position of Mayor of Jacksonville.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Health & Human Services
Intergovernmental Relations, Vice-chair
Natural Resources
State Affairs
Transportation, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Nichols' website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Property Rights

  • Excerpt: "The government should never intrude upon your rights as a property owner. As state senator, Nichols supported legislation increasing an individuals' right to protect his or her home from invasion, and he filed legislation to limit the use of eminent domain."

Property Taxes

  • Excerpt: "The first bill Nichols filed in the Texas Senate cut appraisal caps in half. He also supported successful legislation to extend significant property tax breaks to Texas' senior citizens."

Immigration

  • Excerpt: "The protection of our border is the government's first and foremost responsibility, and the federal government has failed. Senator Nichols supports Governor Perry's efforts to improve border security and shut down illegal crossings."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Senator Nichols supports increasing accountability, reforming standardized testing, and offering incentives for improved performance. Senator Nichols also helped increase higher education opportunities for Senate District 3 and supported programs that encourage students to pursue a college degree."

Note: Nichols' campaign themes did not change from 2012.

Elections

2014

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Robert Nichols was unopposed in the Republican primary. Nichols will face J. Tyler Lindsay (L) in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Nichols ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 3. Nichols defeated Tammy Blair in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas State Senate District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Nichols 74.5% 59,735
Tammy Blair 25.5% 20,410
Total Votes 80,145

2010

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Nichols won re-election to the 3rd District seat in 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Nichols defeated Libertarian opponent David Scott for the District 3 seat on November 2nd.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 3
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Nichols (R) 153,906 88.9%
David Scott (L) 19,211 11.09%

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Nichols won election to the 3rd District Seat in the Texas State Senate.[6]

Nichols raised $1,415,750.[7]

Texas State Senate, District 3 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Nichols (R) 119,629 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nichols is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Nichols raised a total of $3,335,351 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[8]

Robert Nichols's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 3 Won $1,066,867
2010 Texas State Senate, District 3 Won $551,023
2008 Texas State Senate, District 3 Not up for election $301,949
2006 Texas State Senate, District 3 Won $1,415,512
Grand Total Raised $3,335,351

2012

Nichols won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nichols raised a total of $1,066,867.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Nichols's campaign in 2012
Pitcock Jr, James D$75,000
Perry, Bob J$40,000
Associated General Contractors Of Texas$33,850
Ahlberg, Trevor L$15,000
Border Health$15,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,066,867
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Nichols won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Nichols raised a total of $551,023.

2008

Nichols was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Nichols raised a total of $301,949.

2006

Nichols won election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Nichols raised a total of $1,415,512.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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.[9] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[10]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

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.[10]

  • 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.

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."[11] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Nichols received a score of 58.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C that Nichols received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Robert Nichols received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Todd Staples
Texas Senate District 3
2007-present
Succeeded by
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