State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) today announced his election as Senate Republican Caucus chair.

“This upcoming legislative session, we will face important issues such as redistricting, border security and a large budget shortfall. So it is especially important that Senate Republicans work together to protect the interests of everyday Texans,” said Nichols. “It is an honor to be selected as caucus chair by my peers.”

The Senate Republican Caucus is made up of all the Republican members of the Texas Senate. Caucus leaders strategize, coordinate and organize the Senate Republican agenda.

“As Republican senators, we were all elected, in part, because our constituents believe in the core principles of our party,” said Nichols.

“The caucus will work to make sure our legislative accomplishments stay consistent with those principles voters sent us here to uphold.”

The upcoming session, which starts in January, will be Nichols’ third as a state senator. First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Nichols represents 16 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County. During his two sessions as a state senator, Nichols authored important legislation to protect landowners’ rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas and reform transportation policies. He was selected as a top legislator by Texas Insider and a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business.

Before running for Senate, Nichols served as a transportation commissioner for eight years where he established a reputation for increasing efficiency without compromising quality.

Sen. Robert Deuell (R-Greenville) is the outgoing chair of the caucus. He resigned his seat following his appointment as chair of the Senate Nominations Committee. Caucus rules prohibit chairs of standing Senate committees from serving as caucus chairs.

“I want to thank Sen. Deuell for the important work he did as chair,” said Nichols. “As a caucus, we can move forward and build on what was accomplished in the years before.”

 

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