On Monday, State Sen. Jane Nelson announced that she will not seek re-election to the Texas Senate.
Nelson currently represents Texas Senate District 12, which includes parts of Denton and Tarrant counties. She has been elected for 10 terms, after first being elected to the State Senate in 1992. She also previously served on the State Board of Education.
Nelson currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and she was the first woman to ever hold the position after being appointed in 2014.
“It has been a great honor to represent our community in the Texas Senate. I promised to listen, work hard, and deliver results and have strived to fulfill that pledge. Our accomplishments have improved the lives of Texans, which makes me proud,” said Senator Nelson. “I love my constituents, my staff, and my colleagues in the Senate and owe them, as well as my family, a debt of gratitude. As this chapter closes, you can count on me to keep working to build a better Texas.”
Reportedly, State Rep. Jared Patterson (R–Frisco) is contemplating running for the position. He quickly took to Twitter after her announcement, saying, “As Senator Nelson looks to pass the torch, we must focus on having a proven conservative fighter represent North Texas. I ask for your prayers over the coming days and weeks as I strongly consider running for the Texas Senate.”
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