Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
JACKSONVILLE — State Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, has tossed his hat back into the ring for a re-election bid to Senate District 3.
"I've done my best to serve the district, and I think my record speaks to the strong conservative values of the people I represent," the 68-year-old legislator announced in a news release. "It's a privilege to ask for their vote."
His senate District 3 covers 16 counties, including the greater parts of East Texas and Montgomery County.
Nichols – credited with creating more than 900 jobs for East Texans at one point – was named Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee during the 83rd Legislative Session, and is widely known as one of the state’s experts on transportation policy and for preserving local control of Texas roads, according to his release.
The Texas Association of Business named Nichols a “Champion of Free Enterprise” in 2013 for his work towards promoting a better business climate. Nichols also has been named a “Champion for Children” by the Equity Center for his work to improve the school finance system.
This native Jacksonville resident first was elected in 2006. He is credited with building the four successful manufacturing businesses here that created those aforementioned jobs.
In Jacksonville, where he served as mayor, he earned 32 U.S. patents.
During his first term, he was designated as one of Texas’ best legislators by Texas Insider and a champion of free enterprise by the Texas Association of Business.
Nichols has said his legislative agenda is driven by the interests of citizens he represents.
Nichols served for eight years on the Texas Transportation Commission and also served as a city council member and later as Jacksonville’s mayor.
In his seven years in office Nichols has stayed faithful to the ‘Texas Taxpayer Protection Pledge,’ which opposes any and all efforts to increase taxes.
A member of the First Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Nichols is married to Donna, his high school sweetheart. They have three children: Brittney, Joshua and Collynn’rae.