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AUSTIN — State Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, officially filed for re-election Thursday to represent Senate District 3.

“Serving the people of this senate district is a tremendous honor. I am asking for their support for another term so that I can continue the good work we have started,” Nichols said.

Nichols, first elected in 2006, is serving his first term as senator.

He authored legislation to protect landowners’ rights, encourage job growth and reform transportation policy. He was designated as one of Texas’ best legislators by Texas Insider and a champion of free enterprise by the Texas Association of Business.

He has worked to reduce a judicial backlog in Montgomery County, bring a new nursing school facility to Stephen F. Austin State University, protect the lake levels of Toledo Bend, keep the Texas State Railroad running, end a job-killing prison labor program, and fight to protect water quality in lakes throughout the district. Nichols said his legislative agenda is driven by the interests of citizens he represents.

“The priorities of Senate District 3 are my priorities,” Nichols said.

Nichols served for eight years on the Texas Transportation Commission. In his hometown of Jacksonville, Nichols earned 32 patents and built four manufacturing facilities that created more than 900 jobs. He served as a city council member and later as Jacksonville’s mayor. Nichols currently sits on the boards of Lon Morris College, the East Texas Medical Center - Jacksonville, and the Nan Travis Hospital Foundation.

In the Senate, Nichols serves as vice chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and sits on the Transportation and Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Nominations committees. He was also recently appointed to the Sunset Advisory Committee, which works to improve efficiency in state government.

Nichols said he looks forward to the campaign ahead.

“I’ve done my best to serve the district, and I think my record speaks to the strong values of the people I represent,” Nichols said. “It’s a privilege to ask for their vote.”

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