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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

2012

Nichols' website highlighted 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."

Elections

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.[3][4][5]

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 6, 2012.

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.[7]

Nichols raised $1,415,750.[8]

Texas State Senate, District 3 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Robert Nichols (R) 119,629 100%

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Nichols raised a total of $551,023 in 2010. Below are Nichols's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[9]

Contributor 2010 total
Associated General Contractors of Texas $36,400
Pitcock Jr., James Douglass $28,420
Perry, Bob J. $26,000
Texas Spine and Joint Hospital $25,000
Texas Association of Realtors $20,000

2006

In 2006, a year in which Nichols was up for election, he collected $1,415,750 in donations.[10]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Robert Nichols $386,000
James Pitcock Jr $50,000
Associated General Contractors of Texas $22,800
Robert Perry $20,000

Scorecards

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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 are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

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

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Preceded by
Todd Staples
Texas Senate District 3
2007-present
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